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March 2014
Released: 2013, Indie
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Italian Power Metal is a staple of my musical diet. I love the sound that the nation has become known for and I’m always excited to hear new artists in this vein. Lionsoul meets the criteria perfectly.In late 2013, the sextet released their debut album OMEGA. They have it all a cool name, a good logo and a strong theme of ancient mythology running through the album. It is a nice package with booklet, lyrics, photos and all the rest. I felt the production was a bit thin. That is common for new, young bands without lots of resources, or it could be that I have been listening to lots of really crunchy Germanic Metal lately (Iron Savior, Primal Fear) and maybe that has tainted my ear.

I like the speed and intensity of OMEGA there is a really good pace across the whole album. Ivan Castelli has a good set of pipes and he doesn’t get too high, but he certainly is a clean, clear high singer. He is supported some some decent gang vocals which are mixed a little farther back. The songs are interesting and well arranged with some very slight progressive touches with layers of keyboards in the background. The individual performances are really good there are some really nice shredding solos on the cut ‘Liar’. Drummer Luca Secomandi demonstrates why he has the nickname ‘Panzer’ with good performances on every song.

While Lionsoul may be a little bit conventional and not extremely original, I still feel they are very talented and proficient at playing classic, speedy Metal. I’m predicting some good things for the band based on the strength of OMEGA and I hope to hear more from them in the future.
Track Listing

1. Apò Mēchanēs Theós
2. Heavenly Ride
3. A New Horizon
4. Liar
5. Shadow of the Black Horse
6. Tiger of Gaugamela
7. The Prescient
8. Atlantis
9. Rage of the Waters
10. Delirious Mind
11. Prelude to an End
12. Omega


Ivan Castelli Vocals
Aurelio Parise Guitar
Mattia Belloli Guitar
Giuliano Canu Keyboards
Roberto Poli Bass,
Luca Secomandi Drums

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