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The Phoenix

TypeStudio Full-length
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GenresPower Metal
LabelsLion Music
Running time45:33
Reviews :  2
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Total votes :  2
Rating :  82 / 100
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Track listing (Songs)

1.Words are Swords3:33-0
2.Princess of Love4:25-0
4.My Screams5:26-0
5.Lullaby Noir4:47-0
6.The Phoenix5:17-0
7.Greed Blade4:03-0
8.Dawn of Promises5:44-0
10.Cradle of Stone4:39-0


Reviewer :  level   (80/100)
Date : 
이 앨범이 메킹에 등록되다니, 그저 감사스러울 따름이다.
데뷔작을 내는 밴드들이 흔히 그렇듯이, 대개의 곡들이 수려한 멜로디를 자랑하지만 아무래도
앞쪽 트랙들이 더 좋다는 사실을 부정하기가 힘든 앨범이다.

물론, 이 앨범의 가장 큰 가치는 메인보컬을 맡은 Giorgia Gueglio의 발굴에 있다.
아래 리뷰를 남기신 분께서는 이 보컬리스트를 스테로이드 맞은 앤 윌슨(하트) 같다고 평하셨으나
그건 조금 과장된 비유다. 앤 윌슨은 그런 비유에 쓰이기엔 너무 대단한 보컬리스트니까.
다만 고음을 끌어올리면서도 상당한 파워를 유지함과 동시에 나름의 서정성과 고유성을 발휘하는 것만
보아도 그녀가 충분히 기대를 걸어볼 만한 보컬리스트임을 알 수 있을 것이다.
신보가 곧 나온다고 한다. 기대해 보겠다.
Reviewer :  level   (84/100)
Date : 
The mastermind behind Mastercastle is guitar great Pier Gonella (Labyrinth, Necrodeath, Odyssea), and he has created a fantastic melodic metal band in the neo-classical tradition. Gonella may be the creator, but the beauty, brains (she brought the lyrics: see additional info below), and the star is the mostly unknown Italian vocalist Giorgia Gueglio. Man, can this lady sing! She's sounds like Ann Wilson on steroids, but without the screeching that pierces eardrums. Gonella is awesome on guitar, but Ms. Gueglio steals the show.

This formidable combination is only made better by their back up: bassist Steve Vawamas and guest drummer Alessandro 'Bix' Bissa (Vision Divine). Mastercastle's debut is an amazing and nearly flawless listening adventure. I know it's early, but 'The Phoenix' is on my short list for metal album of the year. My kudos to Lion Music for signing this one!

Except for some slight downturns into a standard power metal motif within several arrangements, every song on 'The Phoenix' is well-crafted, soaring and excellent melodic heavy metal. Again, as I mentioned above, Ms. Gueglio is quite astonishing in her capabilities and delivery. Not to slight any song, her finest performances come on 'Words Are Swords,' 'Princess Of Love,' the truly amazing 'Greed Blade,' and the closing number 'Cradle Of Stone.' Also, Giorgia is genuinely passionate, clear and strong on the metal ballad 'Lullaby Noir.' Where has this gal been hiding?

On guitarist Gonella's side, you will find him ripping up the fret board throughout 'The Phoenix,' and so demonstrating his creativity and expertise. His style is neo-classical, but it's not indulgent like, say, a Malmsteem. Instead, Gonella brings the fire without the wiggly verbosity found from other virtuosos within the band context. Sure, on the instrumentals 'My Screams' and 'Memories,' Pier can shred with best, but he never grandstands when he plays lead in the other songs. This is a rare and unappreciated feature for a guitar hero: he can both star alone (as on the instrumentals) and then contribute to the whole with his solos within the songs. The best of which are: 'Words Are Swords,' 'Greed Blade,' the diverse 'Dawn Of Promises,' and the epic 'Cradle Of Stone.' Frankly, I'm thrilled by his performance: it displays both humility and passion.

By now you have some sense of my enthusiasm for Mastercastle. Where Gonella and company slip, but only slightly, is when they degenerate into mundane power metal as on 'The Phoenix or 'Dawn Of Promises.' However, on both this is easily overlooked thanks to the strength of the total arrangement, Gueglio's vocals and Gonella's solos.

Mastercastle's 'The Phoenix,' featuring Pier Gonella and vocalist Giorgia Gueglio, is simply fantastic. This work is a perfect mix of outstanding vocals, brilliant neo-classical guitar, vivacious arrangements, and a solid rhythm section to create exciting and memorable melodic heavy metal. Very highly recommended.


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