Треклист: 01. Immortalia 02. Back To Life 03. The Curse Of The Moon 04. Blood Of Maiden 05. Faraway 06. Promises 07. Call Me Devil 08. Seven Veil 09. Watching You Fading 10. Wrath Of The Storm 11. The Portrait
Their name, Sound Storm, fits their musical style. Immortalia, their second release, is an epic tempest of symphonic power metal. After all, they are from Italy, the home of bombastic film score heavy metal. Nothing can be done halfway or halfhearted in this genre.
Essentially, it's full throttle from the gate with Sound Storm. You'll hear some of the fastest and most bombastic power metal anywhere in Back to Live, The Curse of the Moon, or Wrath of the Storm, by example. The musical stage is colored by lush orchestrations which feel like a cross between a dramatic opera and a Michael Bay action film. Philippe D'Orange's vocals are grand and Valerio Sbriglione's guitar solos soaring, only to be challenged by Davide Cristofoli's brilliant keyboard work.
Indeed, there's certainly nothing subtle about Sound Storm's music. Yet, it's not always bludgeoning and bombastic. Seven Veils is actually more moderately paced, by comparison to many other songs, and seems to move more on the symphonic orchestrations. Watching You Fading also has slower pace, keeps the highly orchestrated context, but also has a more choral vocal arrangement. It's a nice respite from charging power metal that largely defines the album.
If you love all things about Italian symphonic power metal, Sound Storm's Immortalia is not to be missed. It's grand and bombastic, epic and outrageous, heavy metal. I think this band could put the smack down on both Rhapsody of Fire and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody with a simple back hand slap. Recommended if you dig the genre. ~ review by Craig Hartranft
Philippe D'Orange: vocals Valerio Sbriglione: all guitars and growl vocals Massimiliano Flak: bass Federico Brignolo: drums Alessandro Muscio: keyboards, piano