Okay here's the skinny on this album, Kaledon's Twilight Of The Gods. First, it's proper title is Legend Of The Forgotten Reign - Chapter 4: Twilight Of The Gods. Yeah. It's that long, and I bet you couldn't guess this is a power metal band. Second, the album was originally released in 2006, so this makes the 2015 addition a mere reissue. Or not.
Label promotion calls Twilight Of The Gods Kaledon's "best known" album. With a title that long, it's a wonder if anybody would remember it. Nevertheless, this is the album in the Legend Of The Forgotten Reign mythology that gets to be remastered by Giuseppe Orlando, who did the original recording. Now this poses a problem. If you have the original album, do want to drop the coin to discover whether the new version is different or better. A diehard fan might. In my case I would have to buy the original. Not happening. Suffice to say, whether you have the first or not or you're merely a epic power metal, this remastered version sound pretty darn, well, epic. Epic and bombastic. Like power metal outrageous as only the Italian bands seem to do. Best cuts: Goodbye My Friend, The Holy Water, The Fury, and The Prophecy.
Additionally, the current Kaledon, with new singer Michele Guaitoli, re-recorded two songs from the album, The Holy Water and Into The Fog. Is there any difference? Not really. New singer, of course. He sounds fine, a good fit for the band. They also dropped the slight spoken narration from both, but what does that matter if you're only hand-picking two songs to record.
I think the best thing for the band would have been to package all six discs of the Legend Of The Forgotten Reign chronicles, remastered if they wished, into one gigantic specially priced box set with all the trimmings, like a special booklet and such. That would have been impressive.
The bottom line is a question, especially for the Kaledon fan: Is this album significant enough to require a remaster and the re-recording of two songs, and therefore your purchase? I'll leave you to your thoughts. But my score is for the content of the power metal, not so much the reissue.
The bottom line is a question, especially for the Kaledon fan: Is this album significant enough to require a remaster and the re-recording of two songs, and therefore your purchase? I'll leave you to your thoughts.
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