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Review: Almah - E.V.O.

Label: Test Your Metal Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 51:20
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: January 7, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 2.38/5 (47.5%) (8 Votes)

E.V.O. is the fifth full-length from Almah, former Angra singer Edu Falaschi's one-time project turned full-time band. Unlike the last Almah album I reviewed, 2011's Motion which was dark and angry, Falaschi and crew are picking up the "happy" Power Metal gauntlet right where he left it after Angra's Rebirth. The album is bursting at the seams with huge major chord changes, saccharine keyboard melodies and hooky choruses. Let it not be said Falaschi doesn't know his way around a vocal line. Sure, there's some down-tuning on songs like "Indigo" and "Corporate War" but those instances are far outweighed by the insanely uplifting "Age of Aquarius," a true Power Metal, double-kick album opener in the vein of Sonata Arctica and Edguy, and "Pleased to Meet You," with a chorus that will stick in your mind like glue. It's clear Falaschi is looking for some type of commercial success with E.V.O. as the album has a fantastic sound and is as smooth and glossy as the photos in a teeny-bopper magazine. So much so that my teenaged daughter exclaimed, "ooh! That's a cool power-pop chorus!" when I played "Infatuated" for her and I certainly had to agree.

So, there you have it; if you like "happy" Power Metal that hearkens back to the early days of Angra and all bands of that ilk, E.V.O. is going to be an album you'll want to check out. If you were put off by Motion, fear not, E.V.O. couldn't be much different.

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