|Review: Adiastasia - Life War|
Label: Bombworks Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 6, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
The lifeblood of Brazilian metal certainly seems to have dried up in recent times, what with practically every band able to pluck a note professing to be the next Angra. The Italians are no different, with the strains of Labyrinth and their ilk floating on the air like a viral epidemic. Well, as you might have figured, Adiastasia are the next in a very long line of Angra clones who, rather exclusively, proclaim to be driven by Christian beliefs. Now, I love Christian metal - for many reasons; the uplifting spirit for one - but these guys are no Wingdom; in fact, they might as well be no one, because there isn't a shred of identity to be found amongst this eleven track swindle. The production is excessively flat, the performances are moderately bland with only a handful of decent solos and cod-symphonics, and the Matos worship of the vocals are bordering on abysmal at times. There is an interesting use of synth in a number of the progressive parts where Adiastasia fancy their chances as the next Symphony X, and the songs themselves are pretty damn catchy, but there isn't enough quality here to recommend this to even the most tolerant Power Metal aficionado. As you can probably gather from the song titles -"Kingdom of Glory", "Freedom Call", "Father of Light" - this is relatively unoriginal stuff, and it should be scrapped, burnt, and started all over again. It actually reminds me of doing the washing up: you know it has to be done, you dread it all day when you're at work, and when it's finally over, you breathe a quiet sigh of relief.
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