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Review: X-Piral - Grave New World
Grave New World

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 20:47
Tracks: 5
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: August 28, 2011
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating
Grave New World

Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

Even though it's not uncommon to listen to yet another Euro Heavy/Power Metal band, I believe that each has something to give, despite not moving the genre forward or expanding the boundaries. X-Piral, from Greece, have similarities to several bands that I admire, like Helloween, Mystic Prophecy and Nostradameus, among others. From the beginning of their latest EP, Grave New World, I found myself knee deep in captivating music that blew me away.

As I mentioned, X-Piral's music is not much different from any other new age Euro band and continues the trends of the genre. X-Piral's stuff isn't as melodic as the majority of Euro bands, but their mixture of intensity and harmonious choruses makes for a wonderful show of might. The EP sweeps and flows and will suck you in pretty quick, if you don't pay attention.

My favorite onslaughts are "Grave New World," which shows the sheer power of vocalist Tassos K. and the slick guitar work of Nick Papanikolau. I am also amazed by "One for All Kind," "Shatters in the Wind" and "Regression." The Grave New World EP is the first taste of a brand new album that should show up soon.

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