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Blood Is Life (promo)
Released: 1999, Brennus Music
M.Z., standing for the Markus Fortunato and Zan Dang band, have recorded a 13 track CD of metal meets classical music. These guys can totally play and compose! The thing holding this down for me is that it's ALL instrumental and it screams out "give me vocals!!!" If you had a soaring high vocal god on this people would be freaking out over this band. The leads are great and are of course classically influenced thus making me think of Yngwie Malmsteen.
M.Z.'s style of music is not likely to overtake the world, but if you are into bands such as Rhapsody and Yngwie then you should check out this band. There are several songs on this CD that are cool. When you don't have lyrics it's hard to remember song titles but the track "Silver Hairs" is probably the best on the CD. It's very upbeat and would of really been something with vocals. Think of a metal version of Vivaldi and you will have an idea as to what to expect from this CD. The short but speedy/shredding "Shadow Glare" is also a catchy track which segues into "A Vampires Crypt" which has a very cool intro with a classical sounding keyboard intro fronted by some equally cool harmony guitar parts. I really liked the keyboard intro on "Killing Tale" - very cool stuff that would fit in perfectly in an "enchanted land." The main elements of this band are the guitars and the classical / symphony parts. The drums take a back seat and I cannot even hear the bass guitar on most tracks. A couple of songs sounded dragged out such as "Tears of Hate" which was too slow to keep my attention.
Instrumental symphonic classical metal, although executed flawlessly, will have limited appeal. This is not quite as outstanding as Yngwie's Concerto Suite, but it's still pretty amazing stuff. For more information drop by http://mz.ifrance.com/mz/
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