This is the first cd from the fully fledged Krypteria in its current form with Ji-In cho as lead vocalist(not to be confused with with the CD Liberatio which I have already reviewed)and what we have is a well crafted body of power metal par excellence.
It is immediately likeable with catchy rhythms,great harmonies,solid guitar riffs,superb lyrics, great keyboard / piano work & a phenominally well crafted backing from a choir that sings in latin & an orchestra whose talents together take the overall sound of Krypteria and turn it into a huge, imposing, dramatic spectacle of symphonic melodic rock.
The motif for each song is varied & contrast very nicely through the whole CD, we have interesting variations from ground stamping air thumping anthemic pieces to more gentle challenging introspective tracks that show off Ji-In Cho voice very well. Her voice can go from all out rock goddess to delicate choral in the tracks on this CD without sounding sacharine in the slightest. She has a well controlled powerful voice that holds great depth & strength without loosing any delicasey.
The tracks are all instantly likeable, some deeply emotional, some deeply provocative & questioning, some are shamelessly life affirming & spiritual in essence all are beautifully orchestrated & supported. The one thing that you can take away from this & that all have in commomn is that they will pretty much have you trying to sing along with them.
This is definately one piece of work that you should turn the lights down for sit back & enjoy.
Although Amazon list the release as 2009, this album actually dates from 2005 and preceded Blood Angel's Cry. It's more pop/rock orientated as opposed to the rock/metal style of BAC. However I found it a very pleasant album to listen too, lots of "big" sound, pounding instrumentals and keyboards and a fair bit of choral sound. Quite a few quiet romantic ballads and one that is a kind of "War of the Roses" duelling duet between the male and female singer (probably the weakest track on the album).
If you want the heavy bassy riffs of BAC they are all but absent here but in some respects the album is better for it and well worth a spin.