Athlantis - Athlantis (2002)

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Athlantis - Athlantis (2002)

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Athlantis - Athlantis (2002)

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Year : 2002
Style : Melodic Power Metal
Country : Italy
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 121 mb


Bio:

Athlantis is a band formed in 2003 by bass player Steve Vawamas (Mastercastle, Ruxt, Bellathrix, ex Shadows of steel).Athlantis focuses into power metal sound, and first album self-titled was released by Underground Symphony, with Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth), Pier Gonella (Matercastle, Necrodeth, Vanexa) in the line-up.After a short period Tommy Talamanca and Trevor from Sadist, plus Alessandro Bissa (Labyrinth, Vision Divine) joined the band. Then Athlantis recorded in 2008 second album titled “Metalmorphosis”, an album that unfortuntely, it’s not been released yet…In 2012 Steve recruited Pier Gonella and Giorgia Gueglio from Mastercastle, Francesco Ciapica, Enrico Sidoti, Alessio Calandriello (Lucid Dream), to release the album “M.W.N.D.”. An album with more hard rock parts. “M.W.N.D.” has been released by german label Ice Warrior Records.In 2016 Steve entered Musicart Studios of Pier Gonella in Rapallo, Italy, to record the fourth album, titled “Chapter IV”. So, this is the new album for Athlantis, out for Diamonds Prod.Current Athlantis line-up consists of Steve Vawamas (bass and keyboards), Francesco La Rosa (drums - Extrema), Gianfranco Puggioni and Pier Gonella (guitars), Alessio Calandriello (Lucid Dream, La Coscienza di Zeno – vocals). Special guests for this release are Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) , Dave (Drakkar), Francesco Ciapica...Next album will be realaize by Diamonds prod in march 2017....

Album:

Debut full-length album.This was a CD I bought around the time it came out and loved it despite it being the epitome of middle of the road Italian power metal, and eventually sold it, but then had a hankering for it again after enjoying the latest Highlord so much, and revisiting it now, I’ve got to say, it holds up well for what it is. I had pretty much everything Underground Symphony released at one point, and every band that label signed sounded exactly the same. Every country has a geographical aesthetic to its music, but Italian power metal rarely deviated from its core origin. Almost every band to come out of that scene wanted to be Rhapsody or Labyrinth, most sounding like a mixture of both. There were exceptions, of course. That’s why people dug White Skull and Domine so much back then.But Athlantis on their 2003 debut couldn’t have summed up this sound better if they tried. It’s almost an exact copy of Labyrinth, from the piercingly high feminine male vocals to the romantic synths, the sweeping guitars to the rattling double bass drumming, it’s note for note a more fantasy-orientated ‘Return To Heaven Denied’, only faster and less mature. There’s no hint of originality to be found, but to hell with it, ‘Silver And Gold’ is a perfect power metal song, just a pure double-kicking slice of cheese that sounds just as bright and fluffy as it did back then. ‘King Lear’ is a proper ‘Sons Of Thunder’ rip, but damn does it burn. Vocalist Ivan Drake is really just Rob Tyrant in disguise, and Pier Gonella is Olaf Thorsen, I swear it. The production is exactly the same kind of dreamy deal ‘Heaven Denied’ was, but I actually think there are more double kickers on this and fewer mellow parts. It’s also got this fantasy feel that comes across like an aural Dragonlance book. There were millions of bands like this at the time that all sounded identical: Wonderland, Holy Knights, Shadows Of Steel, Athena, Skylark, Pandaemoniumm, Shining Fury, Artemis; I mean, the list goes on and on, not to mention Secret Sphere and Vision Divine, bands that went on to much greater success than any of those shameless Labyrinth clones.All that being said, this is still a really pleasant album to stick on when you want some super sugary power metal. The melodies are sunrise bright, and you know, it takes you somewhere. Somewhere far away where the sun always shines and things turn out all right. It’s plagiarism to the extreme, and pretty silly when you think about it, but if twinkling harpsichords, major key choruses, extreme double bass abuse and high-pitched wailing are your thing, you could do a lot worse than this. It’s the most blatant example of the Italian power metal sound, and it captures a moment in time that will never come again, but twenty years down the line, it’s still fast and fun. Class dismissed.

Line-Up:

Wild Steel - Vocals [Antares]
Ivan Drake - Vocals [Delian]
Rob Tyrant - Vocals [King Lear]
Steve Vawamas - Bass, Keyboards - (See also: Bellathrix, Mastercastle, ex-Angels in Black, ex-Shadows of Steel, ex-The Dogma, ex-Tragedian)
Pier Gonella - Guitar - (See also: Mastercastle, Necrodeath, Odyssea, Perseo Miranda, Vanexa, Verde Lauro, Wild Steel, ex-Amazing Maze, ex-Labyrinth, ex-Synthphonia Suprema)
Liv Carson - Guitar
Chris Parisi - Drums

Production:

Mixed At – New Sin Studios
Concept By [Story], Art Direction – Steve Vawamas
Executive-Producer – Maurizio Chiarello
Layout [Artwork Layout] – Andrea Destefanis
Music By, Lyrics By – Andrea Destefanis
Painting [Cover Painting] – Diego Ferrarin
Photography By – Lino Vawamas
Producer, Engineer – Luigi Stefanini

Tracklist:

01. Flyin' Higher 04:59
02. Silver and Gold 05:46
03. Voices 06:57
04. Surrender 05:06
05. Listen to Me 06:45
06. King Lear 05:49
07. Delian 05:59
08. End of All Days 06:28


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