Now this is how music should be!
I bought this album based on the reviews on this site. So my hopes were very high when I first listened to it. On first listen I immediately knew it was good, however, I thought that it was almost too techniquely perfect which might take away the rawness that I always enjoy in rock music. I am pleased to say that I needn't have worried.
I always like an original opener that sets the scene and Oculus Ex Inferni is an orchestral masterpiece, that would grace any epic fantasy movie. This melds perfectly with track 2,Set the World on Fire' which introduces some fantastic and heavy guitar riffing. From there on the album keeps on going. It is fantastic the way that the final track goes back into the start of the album and it certainly feels like you have been on a journey when the album finishes and brings you back full circle.
To me the album contains elements of a wide range of styles and is reminiscent of post Dio-era Rainbow and also 1970's Rush but with a far heavier and more moody edge due to the heavy guitaring. For me the awesome guitaring in Walls of Babylon is extremely Hemisphere-era Rush.
The vocals are simply awesome and give the songs an epic quality. They have to be good to be able to match the diversity and power of this music.
This album is about as fulfiling a listen as you can get.
Is it made by mere mortals? Spine-tingling stuff!