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Review: Zarpa - Las Puertas Del Tiempo
Las Puertas Del Tiempo

Label: Karthago Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 66:19
Tracks: 14
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: April 8, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Las Puertas Del Tiempo is a Traditional Metal album with a classic 80s sound, not surprising considering Spain's Zarpa has been around since the late 70s. The classic twin-guitar approach is on full display from guitarists Rafael Jativa and Vincente Feijdo, who also handles the vocals. Las Puertas Del Tiempo opens with what is probably the best song, the speedy "Rescatame," and moves into the Deep Purple-inspired "Karthago." The melody and vocal lines of "Karthago" capture the mid-70s Purple sound without sounding like a rip off. The album chugs along for 12 more songs with a couple of ballads to break things up. There are some nice touches like the Spanish-influenced folk melodies on "Trovador/Trovador Electrico" and some flamenco-style acoustic guitar. The problem I have with Las Puertas Del Tiempo is at 64+ minutes there doesn't seem to have been enough good song ideas to go around. By track 11 or 12 I found myself wondering when the onslaught of generic, mid-tempos songs would end. There is nothing wrong with any individual songs; they just blend together after a while.

Las Puertas Del Tiempo is a solid album with a good sound and decent performances. Fans of 80s Traditional Metal, especially bands like Strana Officina, should check it out, just don't expect anything you haven't heard before.

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