Timo Tolkki (the guy behind STRATOVARIUS) once penned a timeless Power Metal classic titled “Black Diamond” back in 1997, and here we are, just over a decade into the future looking at an Italian quintet with the same monicker, performing some kind of Gothic Power Progressive Metal. Why this opening sentence? Well, it seems there´s always a brand new bandname that can be traced back to some songtitle (especially in Metal music).
This release combines two demo sessions; “Imprisoned Dreams” from 2006 and their last addition of newly constructed songs forming the new title of “Mourning For Me”. The sound of these tracks range from LACUNA COIL goth styled passages, some gentle Rock balladries, Symphonic Metal sections (closely related to NIGHTWISH if you will), to naive speedy Power Metal tempos and a few flashes of semi progressive songwriting. Truthfully, I think this is an interesting approach, though far from mindblowing, the songs are pretty standard with occasional hints of captivating atmospheres.
The overall quality of this release strikes me as pretty standard but good at the same time; the sound is alright, it´s not sonically challenging but it´s good enough and suited for the band´s current situation. Songwise I´m enjoying how everything comes together as a unit; the heavy riffs, 80´s solo guitar stylings, fragile piano arrangements, varied drum playing, these people are good songwriters and players, no doubt. Then again, I´m not hearing anything new, sure it´s their sound but they´re not doing anything remotely exciting.
Vocally this band has something interesting going on with their frontwoman Graziachiara Melissa. She possesses a great range of vocals but she´s clearly a newcomer in need of more practice in order to control and channel her voice in a more effective manner. Not to say that she´s got no confidence at all, there are some passages where her singing adds real colour to the music.
The band is obviously going through a developing process, and like any other band with ambition, they´ll progress, learn, experiment, surprise, and who knows, maybe they´ll become the next influential band association.