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Adagio - Sanctus Ignis (9/10) - France - 2001

Genre: Power Metal
Label: LMP
Playing time: 58:35
Band homepage: Adagio


  1. Second Sight
  2. The Inner Road
  3. In Nomine…
  4. The Stringless Violin
  5. Seven Lands Of Sin
  6. Order Of Enlil
  7. Sanctus Ignis
  8. Panem Et Circenses
  9. Immigrant Song
  10. Niflheim (Bonus-Track)
Adagio - Sanctus Ignis
Huh? When did SYMPHONY X rename themselves to ADAGIO??? Let's take a look into the booklet, no, not them... But other well-known names, British vocalist David Readman (PINK CREAM 69), Swedish keyboarder Richard Andersson (MAJESTIC), Dutch drummer Dirk Bruinenberg (ELEGY) and the two Frenchmen Stephan Forté (the song-writer and guitarist) and bassist Franck Hermanny...

But honestly, when listening to "Sanctus Ignis" you really can say that ADAGIO is the legitimate European answer to SYMPHONY X, because the style cannot be compared with anybody else - and that is meant very positively indeed, because what this international quintet offers us on its debut really has class!

Very classically influenced melodies and elements (also baroque-sounding interludes like in "In Nomine...") meet fat double-bass-passages, crunchy riffs are intertwined with furious keyboard-sequences and fragile piano-pieces and David Readman's vocals are just brilliant, all combined to en excellent slab of Metal that doesn't have to hide behind all the genre-greats!

Just listen to the Prog/Power of "In Nomine..." with its baroque elements, the long epos "Seven Lands Of Sin" or "Panem Et Circenses" and you'll realise that SYMPHONY X soon will get serious competition, I personally even regard "Sanctus Ignis" higher than the self-titled debut of the Americans!

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Alexander Melzer

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