Italy has a long and ample heavy metal history, notably in the melodic, power, and symphonic metal genres. Here's At The Dawn, from Bologna, returning with their second album Land In Sight, now signed to Bakerteam Records.
In that longstanding Italian tradition, At The Dawn brings classic melodic heavy power metal, often with some synth produced symphonic elements. While neither this genre or their music is not novel or extraordinary, it is well-crafted and well-played. And they do this with varied and diverse arrangements. Not every song requires the gallop of power metal, nor the abundance of bombastic synths.
But when these classic elements of symphonic power are necessary, ATD delivers as with Tiger Within of The Deserter. Then there's the series of four songs Ouverture, The Offense, The Revenge and The Day When Heroes Day expand on those elements but also add traditional melodic metal to the mix. The first two of the tetralogy are notable for the use of simple piano and vocals. This only demonstrates that the band has a keen sense of melody and understands the need for good vocal harmony. Stefano De Marco has a clean melodic style and strong presence throughout this album.
After these things, most every song is loaded with guitar harmony and fiery leads. After all the band was founded by it's lead guitarist, Michele Viaggi. In the best power metal sense, like the synths, his riffage makes the arrangements large and bombastic as well. You can catch this within A Crow With No Wings. His leads are of the classic variety, but so much the neo-classical Malmsteem widdling.
Finally, mention should be made of two additional songs. The first is Siren Call which features Letizia Chiozzi of Synful Ira adding female vocals for a quite ambitious melodic vocal arrangement, one of the best here. Another is the cover of Iron Maiden's Revelations, where At The Down bumps up the speed ever so slightly, but also offers some symphonic notes. It sounds pretty good. All in all, At The Dawn's Land In Sight is interesting and entertaining album of melodic and symphonic power metal, which will please most any fan of the same. Recommended.
At The Dawn's Land In Sight is interesting and entertaining album of melodic and symphonic power metal, which will please most any fan of the same. Recommended.
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