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Way of Temptation
Released: 2002, Megahard
Italy has another entry into the already crowded powermetal fray. Having made a suitable impression with the first disc MYSTERIOUS WAYS, Frozen Tears are back with a new cd that picks up where the last left off. Coming from Italy I’m sure many people would expect a bombastic Rhapsody or Labyrinth type band. Well they are nothing like that as Frozen Tears play power metal which leans more towards Iced Earth and Steel Prophet than Vision Divine. No orchestra here, just straight ahead powermetal. The lineup for the CD is Taiti Leonardo: rhythm guitar, Taiti Alesso: vocals, Torrinio Lapo: lead guitar, Guarieri Giovanni: drums, Cipriani Leonardo: bass and Pinna Francesco: keyboards.
The fantasy cover art is very interesting for this CD. Its is of a variation of a chess game being played among Wizards and lords underneath a mystical sky. Excellent artwork. Vocalist Alesso wastes no time establishing that he is a screamer as well as a singer. “Walking Through My Dreams” is where Alesso establishes his Halforesque vocals. The band shows a slightly more European song on “A Loosing Game”. Its one of the few times that they sound their country of origin shines through. The band also vaguely reminds me of Helstar at times and nowhere else on this Cd is that comparison as prevalent as on “Jail of Pain”. The only thing I am wondering as I listen to this CD is where are the keyboards? They have a keyboard player but I hear little if any keys. Not a complaint, just an observation.
This disc is a grower for sure. I was interrupted in writing my review and had to come back to it. In the process I got a couple of extra spins of the disc in and I must say that it gets better with repeated listening. The powermetal genre is increasingly becoming saturated with bands that are of inferior quality. Through Frozen Tears don’t bring anything new to the table they are an excellent band. check em out http://digilander.iol.it/frozentears
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