Released: 2000, Independent
Of late I have had a fascination with all things melodic. Therefore I have been listening to a lot of power and progressive metal. Some of the CDs that just don’t leave my player are by bands like Rhapsody, Kamelot, Blind Guardian, Jacobs Dream and Riot. Well let me tell you. I have found a new cd that I have been playing non stop. Its "Dreamless Falling" by the Italian band Madryghal. These guys play metal that I can only describe and a blend of Rhapsody, Blind Guardian, Helloween and Labyrinth. These guys have some serious talent. The lineup consists of Fabio Spinelli: vocals, Alessio Formenti:guitar and backing vocals, Maurizio Colombo: guitar, Alessandro Maggioni: bass and backing vocals, Mauro Bertagna: keyboards and effects and backing vocals and Edoardo Sala: drums and backing vocals. The band was formed in 1998 from the ashes of the thrash band Lucyphera. The members wanted to create a classic/power/epic metal band that was closer to their influences such as Iron Maiden, Manowar, Blind Guardian and Symphony X. The cd began production in November of 1998 and finished in February of 2000. A long drawn out process due to many delays. Finally after 15 months the cd was released.
"Dreamless Falling" is a collection of 11 epic songs that deal with knights, wizards and all things mythical. The cd opens with the folk influenced intro "Oyez!!" This runs right into "On The Isle of the Knights" This is a classic track that I would put up there with anything by Rhapsody if not for the vocals. Fabio Spinelli while being a great vocalist in his own right is not Fabio Leone. "Heir of the King" is a more Blind Guardian influenced track and contains some great harmony guitar from Formenti and Colombo. "Evil Tale" is broken down into four sections
I. Enchanted Forest, II. Thunderstorm, III. In The Bard’s Hut, IV. The Elfish Arrow. When I saw this I immediately thought of Blind Guardian, which are one of my favourite bands. I was not disappointed as Madryghal weave a tale of evil, dragons, virgin sacrifice, elves and evil’s downfall. Metal heaven. "The Eleventh Tower" is a progressive/epic romp with loads of great orchestration and guitar to go with its almost folkish interludes. "Golden Trail" is a classic powermetal track complete with great vocals, thrashing guitars and loads of melody. The CD closes out with the appropriately titled instrumental "All Things Must... Come To An End." This song brings together everything that is offered throughout the Cd except of course for the vocals of Fabio Spinelli.
Overall this is a great cd considering it is an independent release. The sound is crystal clear and the only place where I have even the slightest reservation is in the vocals. It is miles ahead of most other independent releases when it comes to production qualities and mix but the vocals themselves seem like they are a little rushed. A side effect most likely of creating a cd on a small budget. The final product suffers only minutely from this problem. The cover art is amazing and of course it is pure medieval metal imagery. If you are a fan of epic metal then you should keep an eye on Madryghal. They have all the talent in the world and are only a distribution deal away from making a big name for themselves on the metal scene. Check them out at http://members.xoom.com/madryghal/menue.html