|Review: Stargate - Beyond Space And Time|
|Beyond Space And Time|
Label: Crash and Burn Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: October 23, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Beyond Space And Time
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)
Other than sharing an album title with fellow newcomers Pathfinder (well, almost), there is very little Stargate have in common with those Polish mentalists. Rather than throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, this Italian quintet go for a complex but melodic take on the brand of Prog-Power metal developed by Vision Divine and Oracle Sun, occasionally flashing a fancy for the more serious stylings of Circus Maximus or Pagan's Mind. Power Metal acts these days are moving away from dungeons and dragons and turning instead to the astral cosmos; Beyond Space And Time doesn't break any new ground, but it's an enjoyable recitation of the style, produced in a fashion that reflects the lyrical themes and gives the musicians room to exercise their technical abilities.
While everything is well played and well sung, it's hard to recall anything from this album, even after a dozen listens. The reminiscing ballad "Nightspell" has the strongest hook, and this is only due to Flavio Caricasole's emotional rendering of the lyrics. Similarly, the epic "Ground Zero" has some powerful parts, but I'd struggle to hum them if you ever asked. Stargate need to start lacing their material with real hooks if they want to move forward. Still, fans of Prog-Power metal from the Italian school need not worry. This will satisfy all urges.
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