|Review: Athena - Twilight of Days|
|Twilight of Days|
Label: Noise Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 2, 2008
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Twilight of Days
Moving away from their progressive roots, this Italian sextet opted for a full on Power Metal assault for their third and sadly final album, Twilight of Days. Subtly crafted, the music found on Twilight of Days is of the stereotypical Italian workshop, but despite having obvious comparisons to Labyrinth, Rhapsody, and a plethora of others, Athena still managed to compose an album that wasn't a directionless drive through cliché city.
As their third vocalist Francesco Neretti (now of Shining Fury) stepped up to the plate, the band adopted a much faster, high-octane countenance that fueled the album's celeritous intensity. The sheer double bass abuse is almost constant, and in spite of the light, ropy production, the duel-guitar attack and fervent keyboard runs still command a certain regal authority. Not only are Athena blessed with one of the most versatile singers in the business — and one who can hit some ridiculously high notes — they also have an armory of great songs; from the catchy title track to the plodding "Hymn", from the landmark "Falling Ghosts" to the sing-along "The Way to Heaven's Gate", there simply isn't a track you can't sing, rock, or stomp along to, a feat even Labyrinth can't accomplish these days.
A humongous shame that this warband isn't around today, it is still worth hunting down this forgotten gem of hugely underrated melodic Power Metal, even if it is just to hear the amazing Neretti transform into Cyndi Lauper for the aforementioned "Falling Ghosts"...
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