Saturday, October 13, 2012

Secret Sphere - Portrait of a dying heart

Secret Sphere - Portrait of a dying heart (2012) Scarlet Records
Produced by Aldo Lonobile
Tracks : 1.Portrait of a dying heart 2.X 3.Wish and steadiness 4.Union 5.The fall 6.Healing 7.Lie to me 8.Secrets fear 9.The rising of love 10.Eternity
3,5 out of 5

Oh no, not another boring powermetal album! Was my first thought when I received the Italian band Secret Sphere´s new album "Portrait of a dying heart". But to my surprise, I was totally wrong this time and I´m glad too because I really enjoy a good time of great progressive metal which this is. It´s very melodic and almost AOR-ish too, Secret Sphere debuted with "Mistress of a shadowlight" in 1999 and 7 albums later, their brand new album "Portrait of a dying heart" features the new lead singer Michele Luppi (Vision Divine).
The band is led by guitarist and songwriter Aldo Lonobile who is a huge fan of bands like Savatage and Queensryche, but the sound of "Portrait of a dying heart" is more comparable with Royal Hunt. We get pro-musicianship and a strong vocal performance from Luppi, there are plenty of great songs like "Lie to me", "Wish and steadiness", "The fall" and the instrumental "Portrait of a dying heart". So this is far from a boring powermetal album.

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