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Review: Soulspell - The Labyrinth of Truths
The Labyrinth of Truths

Label: Hellion Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 54:17
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: November 11, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
The Labyrinth of Truths

Rated 4.7/5 (94%) (10 Votes)

This is the second album from Soulspell, Brazil's version of Avantasia. Only two years have passed since their debut and during that time this project has gone through some changes while maintaining the same style. First off, there is a different cast of singers this time around; most of the vocalists from the first album are gone. They are just as fantastic as before, however, this time not all of them are Brazilian as Ripper Owens, Jon Oliva and Zak Stevens appear here. Still the creative force behind this is drummer Heleno Vale, so this feels like an expanded version of the first album.

The Labyrinth of Truth has some differences from the debut. It is still a concept album and the singers are characters within that story but the songs are longer, played at a mid-pace and epic in nature. Of the eight full songs here only two are below the five minute mark. I don't think it was the best direction to go as most of the better songs of the debut were of the shorter variety. The songs aren't quite as catchy and memorable, something surprising from this band, therefore you can lose track of what the band is trying to accomplish with each song. It doesn't mean there aren't highlights as "Amon's Fountain" and "Adrift" are very good ones but those are the exception rather than the rule. Needless to say, they all follow the Power Metal formula that was established a long time ago.

I have listened to this many times but at the end of the day, this lacks the magic of the debut. You can feel the members worked hard to make this album but I just couldn't get into it, as much as I tried. This is not a bad or horrible disc but at the same time there wasn't much that excited me either. At times I felt like this was a blatant imitation of A Legacy of Honor. But if you are fan of Brazilian Power Metal, then get this. For the others, there are better records out there than this.

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