Disc II[Origins][limited deluxe edition bonus] 01. Tower Of Vanities 02. Chimera 03. Lost Soul 04. The Mental Frames (Part I) 05. How Could I [Cynic cover] 06. A Fortune In Lies [Dream Theater cover] 07. I Am The Black Wizards [Emperor cover] 08. This Dazzling Abyss [Loudblast cover]
Additional info "How Could I" Featuring: Angela Gossow (Vocals), Christophe Godin (Guitar Solo #1 & #3)
"A Fortune in Lies" Featuring: David Scott McBee (Vocals), Tom MacLean (Guitar Solo #1), Charly Sahona (Guitar Solo #2)
"I am the Black Wizards" Featuring: Sonm (Vocals)
"This Dazzling Abyss" Featuring: Ludovic Loez (Vocals), Paul Masvidal (Guitar Solo)
Disclaimer: this review might be long (and so is the album) but I couldn't do without the context and other explanations. If you don't care about reading this slab of a review, just go and buy the album straight away.
You may not have heard of French band Kalisia before but they've been among the most praised act here since they released the demo Skies about 15 years ago. I, myself, have discovered the demo back in 2003 I think, and was so blown by this progressive and somewhat death metal music that I was eager for more, for a full length. Back then Cybion was already in the works so everyone was expecting a release sometime soon...
Amazing thing. Lyrics are nice. guitar riffs, drumming especially and growls are excellent. Keyboarder rules. I listen to it on my PC using headphones. I can hear multichannel sound with multiple effects as 5.1 This album must be listen by everybody who likes long compositions. Not very heavy music but in Part C i hear black/death metal But comfortable to listen to it. Recently i didn't like black or death metal, but Kalisia did it that what i wanna to listen to.
Daydream Nation - 21.07.2010 at 05:36
Despite being overtly pretentious and over the top, I still enjoy this album. Appeals to all the metal sides of me.
This is a good album, lots of fantastic sounds and great tracks. The only problem I'm having is within these good moments, there some boring and very repetitive ones. It could be to do with the amount of tracks and the length of the album.
On the whole, a worthy album.
I tried to get into this album, gave it many spins because I like sci-fi themes and heard this was influenced by Ayreon. But it just doesn't work for me. The album is complex and mixes many genres and vocal styles, but it leads to the problem that I only like some parts, and not full songs. There is not a single song I like entirely. Some good melodies here and there, but they don't get repeated, there are no choruses, nothing to help the listener to get into the album.
And I can't stand the main vocals, either get a better growler or use mostly clean vocals (but then it wouldn't be death metal...).