If you missed Avian's debut work From the Depths of Time (2005), you have a second chance to jump on this most excellent work. Formed by expert guitarist Yan Leviathan, the first edition of Avian featured Lance King (Pyramaze, Balance of Power, Nightmare Records) on vocals and a guest appearance by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. King is at this very best here, probably one of his finest performances to date. King has been replaced by Brian Hollenbeck and performs on Sentinel on the Horizon, one of three bonus tracks here. The other two are Two Sides Collide, available only on the original Japanese version, and a live acoustic version of As The World Burns.
Without going into major detail about From the Depths of Time, suffice to say that this is classic melodic power/heavy metal from Leviathan and company. It's definitely superior to Avian's sophomore project, 2008's Ashes and Madness. From the Depths of Time has a more accessible, attractive, and melodic sound to the heavy metal than its successor. Top tracks include As the World Burns, Black Masquerade, Final Frontier, and Single Blade of Vengeance. With the addition of the bonus tracks, this is a prime value for fans of the melodic heavy metal genre. Recommended.
Founding guitarist Yan Leviathan reissues Avian's 2005 debut From the Depths of Time, a fine work of melodic heavy and power metal, with three bonus tracks. If you missed it, get it.
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