|Review: Mastercastle - Lighthouse Pathetic|
Label: Diamonds Prod.
Year released: 2022
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: February 11, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Mastercastle plays a style of metal that is sometimes power, sometimes prog on their seventh album, Lighthouse Pathetic. They give us songs like "Who Cares for the Moon" (featuring guest vocals from former Rhapsody of Fire singer Fabio Leone) and the title track which have big, sweeping melodies and anthemic choruses. Singer Giorgia Gueglio has a strong, clear voice which reminds me of Oratory’s Ana Lara. On the flip side, they give us "Russo Profundo," an instrumental with proggy guitars and "Monster Whispers", which has a jazzy, lounge vibe. And what if we combine the power and prog? "Fantastic Planet" does just that, rocking away until the band progs out in the middle then sweeps back into power metal territory for the end. Lighthouse Pathetic is a consistent effort in terms of songwriting, provided you like the mix of power and prog despite the fact there is nothing that is really new, but also no tracks you’ll need to skip. It’s another solid power metal album aimed at those fans that are already hip deep in the style and on the prowl for more.
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