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Review: Derdian - Limbo

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 1:07:55
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: June 23, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Derdian are a band who I've glossed over from time to time, although I always felt they were a little too derivative to warrant more focused listening. However their fourth album Limbo dropped in my inbox, and required an inquisitive listen. Any power metal fan should likely have an idea of what Derdian offer just from stating that this is Italian power metal. Completely by the book, I can assure there won't be many a surprise over the hour plus run of Limbo, fortunately Derdian play well and the album comes across more fun than anything.

Performances and musicianship are spot on across the board, and I particularly like the vocals of Ivan Giannini, who boasts an endearing tone and just the right amount of accent. "Heal My Soul" and "Terror" display this particularly well and stand out as some of the finer tracks on Limbo. I do think the album is a little too long, though that isn't really much of a bad point. It's the kind of album you can let play through, enjoy and get about the next hour or so with a smile. Power metal fans would do well to at the very least give this a cursory listen, as this is well worth your time. Anyone who lacks interest in power metal can safely do without.

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