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Derdian
New Era Pt 2: War Of The Gods
August 2008
Released: 2008, Magna Carta
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This is a new acquaintance from Milan Italy. The band released their debut album on another smaller label and this new album is a continuation on the previous. The bio says “This is the continuing saga of the people of Derdian” so apparently the album is a theme/concept disc. Just like so many other theme albums, the music of Derdian can be categorized as epic, symphonic, melodic power metal. The music contains every element that an album of this kind usually includes, double bass pedal drum play, frenzy guitar play and bombastic choirs. There is nothing new under the sun besides the fact that this is actually really good and fans of Rhapsody, Helloween, Dragonforce and Stratovarius are gonna love this.



On NEW ERA Pt 2: WAR OF THE GODS the songs actually stand on their own and you don’t have to have the entire album to get the picture. The material is really even throughout the entire album and it’s impossible to pick out any single killer track amongst the pot of gold that lies on the disc. The album was produced by the band and it was recorded in Virtual Light Studio in Italy. The production feels spacious and clean and the band has really given the production a majestic feeling with huge choirs that back up the lead singer and put the musicians in perfect harmony with each other.



Even though I’m not in general a fan of theme albums I have to admit that Derdian have done an amazing job with this album. I have to check out the first part as well I think. This album was surely a pleasant surprise indeed.





http://www.myspace.com/derdianspace
Track Listing

Overture
New Era
Betrayer
I Don’t Wanna Die
Goldstar’s Rage
Way
Back To The Crystal
Immortal’s Lair
The Hunter
Before The War
War Of The Gods

Lineup

Joe Caggianelli – lead vocals
Henry Pistolese – guitar
Dario Radaelli – guitar
Marco Garau – keyboards
Fulvio Manganini – bass
Salvatore Giordano – drums

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