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TRACK LIST: 1. King 2. Take Back Your Spell 3. Forgotten Land 4. Scary Zone 5. Children of Lies 6. Break all the welds 7. Golden Empire 8. Primitive Chaos 9. Breathe 10. Box of Illusion 11. Almah LINEUP: Edu Falaschi - vocals Lauri Porri - bass Emppu Vuorinen - guitar Casey Grillo - drums With: Mike Stone - guitar
Prolusion. ALMAH is a Brazil-based project, organized by Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi. Their self-titled CD was released in Brazil back in 2006, and made available for the US in July 2007, courtesy of Candlelight Records.
Analysis. The name of the album and the band here is a slight source of confusion, which potential buyers should be aware of. On the homepage of this project, the band and the album are both named Almah, although the band name at times is set to be Edu Falaschi's Almah. US label Candlelight refers to the band name as Almah, and the album name as "Edu Falaschi". Others file this release under artist Edu Falaschi, and album name Almah. All of this basically means that finding this release in a record store may take some searching. Musically this album has its roots firmly in classic heavy metal. Quite traditional heavy metal guitars, and vocal delivery in the vein of Bruce Dickinson, are elements central on the songs here. The guitar sound is nice and crunchy, and modern production makes for slick sounding overall sound here. Although this is a metal album, there really aren't too many hard rocking tracks here though. The main focus is on ballads, especially power ballads. Building up from mellow verses towards melodic, highly epic sounding traditional power ballad choruses is what is done most often here, although there's a couple of fast, hard rocking songs too. And it has to be said, Almah excels at those power ballads here. The rockers are mediocre at best on CD, the ballads and the power ballads are what make this album an interesting release. The epic style of the power ballad in particular suits the voice talents of Edu Falaschi; although he shows how good his voice can be in even mellower settings on the stunning last track, Almah, too.
Conclusion. Overall this is a well-produced and well-performed release that should be interesting to people enjoying good old-fashioned power ballads.
OMB: December 5, 2007
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