Oddly enough, this album is listed on every music site as the album “Edu Falaschi” by the band ALMAH, which is obviously incorrect. As far as I understand, ALMAH is meant to be a standalone project, and the album is self-titled, rather than being named after the frontman. Anyway, the naming issues are irrelevant, as this album simply rocks.
The ALMAH project was helmed by Edu Falaschi, the Brazilian singer of ANGRA. Though Falaschi did much of the heavy lifting for this album (he performed all of the vocal, keyboard, and acoustic guitar tracks, in addition to writing all of the guitar, bass, and drum parts), he’s backed by some of Power Metal’s unsung heroes, including guitarist Emppu Vuorinen (NIGHTWISH), bassist Lauri Porra (STRATOVARIUS), and drummer Casey Grillo (KAMELOT). Though these guys aren’t usually in the limelight (and very rarely do session work), they are impeccable choices, as proven by their marvelous performances on the album.
Obviously, Falaschi himself is no slouch, turning in a masterful vocal performance all around. On “Almah”, he really shows off his versatility as both a singer and a songwriter. For example, the opening number, “King”, features an extremely thrashy riff, and Falaschi complements it by injecting a healthy dose of growling into his voice. The result sounds vaguely like Ripper Owens (ICED EARTH, BEYOND FEAR), who himself sounds like a combination of Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST) and Ronnie James Dio. However, on other songs, such as the speedy Power Metal numbers “Take Back Your Spell” and “Scream Out Loud”, Falaschi sounds just like the traditional Power Metal singer we all know and love from his work with ANGRA. There are also slower ballads, such as “Forgotten Land” and the female-vocal-laced title track. And you know what? Each and every song sounds remarkably different and still manages to kick ass.
Fans of Melodic or Power Metal simply must own this stellar effort from Edu Falaschi. However, the question on everyone’s mind is this: how is this different from ANGRA? Well, to be honest, ANGRA flirts with progressive rhythms and is generally much speedier, whereas ALMAH, despite the fast double-kick songs, have an emphasis on a more straightforward and melodic sound. Still, if you consider yourself a fan of ANGRA, you won’t be disappointed by this kicker of a side project!
(Online July 29, 2007)