POWER SYMPHONY

"Lightbringer" (Pavement; 2000)

Reviewed by Alicia Downs

"Lightbringer," is a seven-song sophomore effort following Power Symphony's debut "Evillot." Honestly, on the first listen I almost thought to write the band off as being a poor representation of doom metal filled with a power metal / classical aftertaste. Fortunately, I listened to it a few more times and was able to grasp and appreciate the further dimensions represented in this fine work.

Lead vocalist Michela D'Orlano offers a commanding performance, belting out the aura of a metal bitch with pipes that back up the musically epic albeit sometimes overdone sound. The doom as represented by track "Lucifer" contrasts quite nicely with the lingering keyboard arrangements that make "Lightbringer" so provocative. Furthering their use of influence and dimension track "Song of Men" and powerfully arranged "The Necromancer" display the bands distinctive incorporation of Celtic influence, differentiating them from the more common combinations of metal and classical forms.

For those who find comfort in the metal and classical music mergers, "Lightbringer" will serve just fine. The Celtic differentiation not only entertains, but allows for expansion of musical appreciation as seen by this unusual effort. 

The members of Power Symphony are: Michela D'Orlano (V), Lino Sistu (D), Marco Volpe (K), Fabio Lannone (B), and Marco Cecconi (G).  

Official web site: http://www.powersymphony.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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