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Review: Shaman - Immortal

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 49:01
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: November 21, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)

Considering Andre Matos vacated his vocal throne in Angra to form Shaman, it seems nothing short of ironic that here, five years since their storming debut, we have a second album from the melodic Power Metal outfit, their first without the driving force behind their inception. You know what else is ironic? It's actually better than their debut. As a devoted follower of both Angra and Matos, it's hard for me to admit that new vocalist Thiago Bianchi does a better job here than Matos ever could, and if Edu Falaschi ever parted ways with the aforementioned rulers of Brazilian prog/Power Metal, this guy could certainly step up to the challenge.

What Shaman have done with their money on "Immortal", is take the band's history into consideration, and ignored all exceptions, creating an album full of blazing Power Metal anthems that span influence from the likes of Vision Divine, Symphony X and of course, Angra. Bianchi manages to glide his incredible vocal ability through fields of ethnic flavour, battling guitar duels, and storming double bass with ease, making every single track on "Immortal" stand out compared to the ream of disappointing follow ups by top name bands this year. Opening with the two most uneventful tracks is an obscure move, but it only improves the quality of the album's second half, making the heavenly "One Life", the sprawling "Freedom", and the celeritous "Strength" some of the best tracks Angra never wrote. Ex-Angra stickman Ricardo Confessori is so hot on his kit you'd think his feet were on fire, and as I mentioned, the vocals are some of the most sublime I've ever heard. A triumph for both Shaman and Scarlet, if you're looking for your next Power Metal fix and you're in doubt over what to pick this coming Christmas, you're search is over. Angra, Matos: sleep with one eye open.

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