The history of Italy's Adramelch dates to the late 1980's with a seminal progressive metal album Irae Melanox. As is the case with so many bands, Adramelch dissolved after several years. History continues to be sketchy, but it appears they reincarnated in 2004 and then cut Broken History in 2005.
Now they're back with their third effort Lights From Oblivion. The band blurs the line between several genres. This album is equally melodic rock as it is progressive rock, and sometimes it can near prog metal.
What makes Lights From Oblivion so intriguing is the band's ability to put so much music in, generally, short compositions. Most songs clock in at five minutes, but offer lots of variety, intrigue, and excellent musicianship. Notable is the guitar solos and bass work. But that unfairly minimizes the other participants, all of which are extremely talented. The wild card here are the vocals from Vittorio Ballerio. He's a good singer, yet sounds, throughout the album, somewhere between anguished and unsure. Yet, he still fits, and his style grows on you. Go figure.
Trying to pick some favorite tracks here is rather elusive. The music is quite pleasing and entertaining. My favorites: Pain After Pain, Tides of My Soul, Truth Lies, and We March We Fall. Ultimately, Lights From Oblivion is a fine album from a very strong and talented band. Recommended.
Adramelch' Lights From Oblivion is a very pleasing and entertaining album of progressive rock from a quintet of talented musicians.
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