|Review: Melodius Deite - Episode II: Voyage Through the World of Fantasy|
|Episode II: Voyage Through the World of Fantasy|
Label: Inazuma Productions
Year released: 2014
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 3, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Episode II: Voyage Through the World of Fantasy
Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (10 Votes)
Melodius Deite is a Symphonic/Power Metal band from Thailand and the lengthy title of their second album is Episode II: Voyage Through the World of Fantasy. Interesting that it is called Episode II as their first album, when they apparently went by the name of Melodius, was simply called Dream On. Indexing inconsistencies aside, I can't speak to the debut but Episode II is firmly rooted in the Rhapsody school of neo-classical Symphonic/Power Metal. Double-kick drums, dexterous solos and high-pitched vocal work are what you expect and what you get. The songwriting is a cut above though it falls short of captivating and the talent level is clearly high. The scope of the album is suitably grandiose as Melodius Deite takes us around the world with stops in Atlantis ("Territory of Memories"), Central America ("The Sun of Aztec") and the Mediterranean ("Alexander the Great" "Pyramids of Egypt"). Guitarists Oatdy P. Kertpanich and Biggie P. Phanrath are the stars and their acrobatic fret work will surely please fans of Yngwie Malmsteen and his disciples. Vocalist Ake N. Kertpanich doesn't have the most powerful voice but the high notes are well within his grasp. He sounds a bit like Graham Bonnet when he gives it his all. The biggest drawback of Episode II, for me anyway, is the length. Like the title of the album almost every song is long and album clocks in at a hefty 1 hour and 15 minutes. Some of the longer songs like "Civilization" (16:00) and "Sailing Around the World" (13:01) have some good ideas and use actual classical touches effectively (you can hear a bit of "Hall of the Mountain King" from Grieg's Peer Gynt and "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven if you listen closely) but mostly they wander around aimlessly from one interesting part to the next. I'd rather the band released two 40-45 minute albums quite close to one another allowing us time to digest each one. Personal preference, but there it is.
Overall, Symphonic/Power Metal fans should find a lot to like on Episode II. Melodius Deite has talent and is perhaps only some inspired songwriting away from turning out something monumental.
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