Beginning as a cover band, Italy's Echotime has evolved into a progressive power metal band releasing their debut album Genuine. It's a rather ambitious concept album at that. It concerns the journey of Daniel Antony, a once imprisoned, now recently freed, research chemist, seeking to discover why he was jailed for his research and his creation, the miracle molecule, genuine.
The story is played out in four parts, or scenes, much like a metal opera, through the blend of melodic, symphonic, power and progressive metal with instrumental segues between most major songs. Besides the main character, Antony, other characters have parts in many of the songs, all voiced by vocalist Alex Cangini. Too catch the drift of the story, it's best to have the lyrics, and you can find them at logicillogic Records site.
With all this going on, music, story and lyrics, and vocal parts, Genuine can be a challenge to follow, especially if you don't have the lyrics. But follow you should. This is an ambitious project with lots to explore, savor, and enjoy. The aforementioned blend of musical styles certainly powers this album. Echotime has taken their talent and experience and put it to the test with good results. Mentioning a few songs, The Choice, Breaking the Prayers, and In Rebel's Hand have a depth and breadth of composition and musicianship for an epic quality, easily proving Echotime's skills. Rather interesting is how the segues, which could easily have been considered filler, offer additional texture and sometimes respites from the more intense major pieces. With little doubt Echotime's Genuine is both an ambitious and significant achievement for the band, and one that fans of progressive power should find entertaining. The question is, how will they top this in the future? Recommended.
With little doubt Echotime's Genuine is both an ambitious and significant achievement for the band, and one that fans of progressive power should find entertaining. The question is, how will they top this in the future?
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