Oy, another chapter of my favourite book "info-sheets and their realistic perceptions"... They write about an "absolutely unique instrumental performance", about a "masterpiece of an album" and Fabio Cerrone is heralded as "one of the acknowledged best Italian guitarists". When you read something like that, a certain expectation is built up (positively or negatively that is), even more so as the sheet states SYMPHONY X and Yngwie Malmsteen as reference.
So what is behind those big words? Nothing but hot air, I'd say. First of all, who knows Fabio Cerrone? I guess that not many of you will raise their hand now. I don't want to argue about them being "some of the best musicians at the moment", but I cannot agree with that, should anybody try to apply the same praise on the song-writing. Musically they are cruising the waters of Progressive Power Metal, but good rudiments are destroyed by the gruesome solo-escapades, which take away any kind of flow from the songs.
"The Reveal - Part I", "Black Swan" or the balladesque "Longest Winter" show that the Italians are able to write good songs, but at no point you hear any cohesion in the song-material or a union of the band.
No, guys, that was nothing…