|Review: Soulspell - A Legacy of Honor|
|A Legacy of Honor|
Label: Hellion Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 2, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:A Legacy of Honor
Soulspell is a metal project formed by Heleno Vale and is in the same vein as Tobias Sammet's Avantasia. And like that project, Soulspell is composed of musicians from different bands; however all of them are from Brazil. Another thing in common is that each singer has individual characters in order to form a story.
The story written by Eduardo Frezza is OK - the lyrics are very good, having a knack for hooks and catchiness. The sound is heavily European, with galloping rhythms, great vocals, some keyboards and a plethora of anthemic choruses. Tito Falaschi produced the album and there is nothing wrong in that department as you can listen to it clearly and appreciate the talent level of each member. The songs themselves are very good, especially "Age of Silence", "The Impaler" and the epic closer "The Last Life".
As far as musical ability is concerned, if this album is any indication Brazil is one of the most talented countries in the world. Beginning with the vocalists, each one delivers a wonderful performance (especially the high-pitched wails). Unlike Avantasia, one singer doesn't take the load of the vocals but instead they are spread evenly. The guitars do the job, delivering very good riffs and fitting solos. Keyboards are used to give the songs a proper atmosphere and taking the lead once in a while. The rhythm session provided by Falaschi (bass) and Vale (drums) is technically solid, typical of a Power Metal band.
Not everything is perfect though. With 13 songs, it feels like a very long album. Even though it is a little over an hour, you feel like you have been listening to it for two hours. There are also a couple of songs that have good parts, but they just fade away, like "Milvian Bridge" and "Eternal Skies". I know that this is a metal opera but this album has too many ballads or slow songs, resulting in a playing time longer than it should have. Having said that, this is a record that gets better with each listen. For what is worth, A Legacy of Honor is one of the better records of its kind and a worthy addition to any Power Metal fan's collection.
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