Returning for their second project, Change of Time, is Greek band Secret Illusion, and they're doing it own their on, with no label support. But somebody might want to pick them up for international distribution as the band and album are quite good.
Change of Time is basically European melodic power metal, yet more akin to their Scandinavian peers due north. Familiar elements are found throughout like the brisker pace of power metal with Point of No Return and Beauty. But also spry guitar solos abound with some neoclassic flair, notable in Perfect Fantasy and Love Lies, and monsterous within the instrumental title track. Alternatively, they are slight in a song like Winter Poem.
Winter Poem is also an example of the significant flourish of synthesizers across this album, giving this song and Words Left Forgotten, by example, a range from the calm of simple piano to the symphonic granduer. (Actually, the keyboards play a significant part in most every composition, yet in good balance with every other instrument.) Also within these songs Secret Illusion use a children's choir in moments. Finally, vocalist Dimitris Giannakopoulos has a strong clean voice, with some feeling of melancholy, but sometimes is overcome by the music. Nevertheless, for pure melodic power metal Secret Illusion's Change of Time is on target and quite entertaining. Recommended.
For pure melodic power metal Secret Illusion's Change of Time is on target and quite entertaining. Recommended.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]