Infinita Symphonia - A Mind's Chronicle

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Power metal certainly hasn't had a particularly good year in 2011, with generally poor quality releases engulfing the select few decent records. Still, occasionally a good entry into the genre emerges and it's with pleasant surprise that the debut from Italy's Infinita Symphonia is certainly one of them. The band have a more progressive leaning but not enough to fall outside power metal's more universal appeal, drawing some comparisons to Avantasia (and to an extent Edguy), possibly Rhapsody of Fire and newer bands like Sons of Seasons as well. Singer Luca Micioni definitely has a similar vocal style to Tobias Sammet, albeit without the humour, but certainly fulfilling the range and delivery, which is what is important. The songs themselves are perhaps not surprising but varied and creative, big power ballads like The Illusion just cry for a big audience sing along, through to faster, harder and more symphonic epics like Only One Reason. Guest appearances from Tim 'Ripper' Owens (Judas Priest/Iced Earth) and Rhapsody of Fire's Fabio Lione will certainly get the album attention, and both predictably sound great on Only One Reason and Here There's No Why respectively. This is on the whole a solid record in a genre that has desperately been lacking one recently, and may in particular appeal to fans of Edguy who miss the band's power metal heyday.

Written by James Donovan
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