After passing through several rather depressing, both lyrically and musically, yet noteworthy and creative, pieces of progressive metal including the likes of Farther Paint, Miosis and Ulysses, it's great to have one that is significantly more upbeat and energetic. Of course, after the aforementioned, it really didn't take much to warm my mood. Italy's Last Warning is more straight forward, as expected, progressive metal. But don't take that as a bad thing.
Throughout Time is loaded with great compositions that vary and please. Like good traditional progressive metal, Last Warning easily draws from distinct styles including power and classic melodic metal in their arrangements. Actually, I found their best songs to be the ones that are under girded more with melodic heavy metal. But I'm sure this is only a response to what I've been listening to lately. However, three pieces in particular stand out: 'Secret,' 'Higher' and the magnificent and infectious 'Cry Out.' When Last Warning invokes some power metal it tends to be quick and a bit heavier than expected with fine results as on the opener 'Madness.' For straight up progressive metal look to the title cut where everything works: great keyboards, guitars and amazing vocal arrangements. Another fine prog piece is 'Only Silence' which begins as piece of jazz-rock-metal fusion only to develop and eclectic and sometime heavy temperament: an excellent piece.
Major kudos should go to Fabio De Sal's vigorous vocals. He can press his range to the edge as on 'Cry Out' but still quiet down for the delightful duet of 'In The Flood.' Additionally, I was particularly enjoyed the masterful fret work of Antonio Pin and the keyboard work of Gianluca Venier, especially when they tag team as on 'Secret.'
Last Warning's 'Throughout Time' is genuine piece of creative progressive metal. Their impressive musical talent merges with some highly energetic and decisive arrangements that will keep you listening and highly entertained.
Last Warning's Throughout Time is genuine piece of creative progressive metal. Their impressive musical talent merges with some highly energetic and decisive arrangements that will keep you listening and highly entertained.
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