For several decades Italy has been a hotbed for progressive power metal bands. Here's another aspiring and promising export: Eyes of Soul and their debut long-player Cyberian Tales.
Eyes of Soul began as prog power metal cover band featuring songs from peers like Dream Theater and Angra. The influence upon Cyberian Tales is more than a little obvious and purposeful. Within these rich and deep compositions is an excellent balance of metal heaviness and melody.
This is delivered through an equally well-balanced performance from all the players. Expect strong vocals and vocal arrangements, bright and stinging lead guitar, colorful and textured keyboards, and a steady rhythm section across the entire album. The combination of strong composition and performance leads to some very epic, pleasing and entertaining, material. Strong songs include The Dreamer, Cyberia, Past Memories, and Black Madam.
While European progressive power metal can be both predictable and redundant these days, sometimes a band comes along that offers some fresh air. Eyes of Soul, though not entirely novel, offers that refreshing breeze with their lively and entertaining Cyberian Tales. Recommended.