|Review: Almah - Motion|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 10, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)
Motion is the third album from Brazil's Almah. I've always thought of Almah as simply "Edu Falaschi's other band" but I have to give the Angra front man some credit. Almah is not another happy Power Metal band (not that there's anything wrong with playing happy Power Metal.) Motion is a much darker and aggressive take on the genre.
The first thing that jumps out is the singing. Falaschi use a gritty, shouted style on many of the verses and he sounds not unlike James Rivera or Bruce Dickinson. The guitars are crunchier throughout the album as well. However, this is Power Metal, after all, and we are treated to some speedy tempos and high, clear singing, especially on the choruses of tracks like "Living and Drifting" and "Daydream Lucidity." The band does not rely on those things to drive the album however, and some of the darker, introspective songs are real standouts. "Bullets on the Altar" has an almost Gothic feel and would not be out of place on Autumn's Altitude. Acoustic closer "When and Why" is a welcome respite from the loud and somewhat overly produced sound of Motion.
Almah seem most comfortable when closest to the mainstream Power Metal sound. Some of the aggressiveness of the album feels forced, but there are intriguing sounds on Motion. Power Metal fans looking for something a bit different won't want to miss this one. It is not that same old Power Metal.
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