Thursday, December 16, 2010

Labyrinth - Return To Heaven Denied (1998)

Tonight's main course is Italian power metal of particularly high octane caliber, and something of a cult classic in comparison to releases by more prominent European groups such as Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, Helloween, etc.

There's a lot of good things to say about this record. Rob Tyrant is one hell of a vocalist, for instance. Or, for example, these guys know the value of contrasting blistering guitar scale acrobatics with tempered acoustics. And finally, the songs are just damn well written: 'Lady Lost In Time', with its piano and aquatic opening and fantastic developments, is a deliriously nice ballad, while pieces like the title track and 'The Night Of Dreams' are stone cold perfect, and are today looked back upon as classics in a genre sorely need of personality at times.

Atmosphere, grandeur, a classic sound, great songs - this album should be every metal fan's wet dream if he doesn't mind a fantastic abundance of melody.

Listen Here - "Heaven Denied"

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