Release date: 25 April 2014
Style: Symphonic power metal

Rating:

8.2 | 75 votes

Owners:

54 have it
22 want it


01. Before The Storm
02. A Greater Purpose
03. Flaming Heart
04. Across This Life
05. In My Arms
06. The Last Resort
07. Showdown
08. In The End
09. Spiriti Liberi
10. A New Dawn Ending
11. Melodies Of Life [Final Fantasy IX theme cover] [Japanese bonus]

Lyrics (11)


Line-up
Sara Squadrani - vocals
Daniele Mazza - keyboards
Claudio Pietronik - guitars
Federico Gatti - drums
Martino Garattoni - bass

Session musicians
Giorgia Paci - backing vocals
Giulia Boria - backing vocals
Elisa Semprini - backing vocals

Guest musicians
Fabio Tordiglione - vocals
Simone "Sym" Bertozzi - vocals
Fabio Balducci - guitars
Simone Mularoni - backing vocals


Additional info
Recorded, mixed & mastered: Domination Studio.
Producer: Simone Mularoni & Daniele Mazza.
Engineer, mixing & mastering: Simone Mularoni.
Cover art & photography: Felipe Machado Franco, Flush Design, Matteo Ermeti & Nicola Serafini.

Staff pick by
Susan

07.12.2014 Ancient Bards remains one of the most incredible and unique power metal bands. Strangely underrated, their sheer energy is a force of nature. With powerful vocals, soaring guitars, and punishing drums, they manage to be symphonic and "balls out" at the same time. Their 3rd album is darker than ever.

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annodomini - 24.04.2014 at 23:01  
  There are so many things going on in this album, it is hard to even describe. Without a doubt the best of their, I will try to get to know songs better first to give the final judgement, but it seems that the hardest genre this year will be symphonic metal:
Delain - Masterpiece
Xandria - Masterpiece
Diabulus in Musica - Top Class
Ancient Bards - Best to date
ManiacBlasphemer - 25.04.2014 at 16:49  
Rating: 9
Written by annodomini on 24.04.2014 at 23:01

There are so many things going on in this album, it is hard to even describe. Without a doubt the best of their, I will try to get to know songs better first to give the final judgement, but it seems that the hardest genre this year will be symphonic metal:
Delain - Masterpiece
Xandria - Masterpiece
Diabulus in Musica - Top Class
Ancient Bards - Best to date


The narrations bother me a lot in regards to this album. Especially in the last track which is unnecesarily long, and that mid interlude is even more annoying. Not a masterpiece, but I do think their debut is an inch ahead of this one. Ow, and the intro... damn...
annodomini - 25.04.2014 at 19:06  
 
Written by ManiacBlasphemer on 25.04.2014 at 16:49

Written by annodomini on 24.04.2014 at 23:01

There are so many things going on in this album, it is hard to even describe. Without a doubt the best of their, I will try to get to know songs better first to give the final judgement, but it seems that the hardest genre this year will be symphonic metal:
Delain - Masterpiece
Xandria - Masterpiece
Diabulus in Musica - Top Class
Ancient Bards - Best to date


The narrations bother me a lot in regards to this album. Especially in the last track which is unnecesarily long, and that mid interlude is even more annoying. Not a masterpiece, but I do think their debut is an inch ahead of this one. Ow, and the intro... damn...


I agree on narrations, somehow Italiant always makes it ultra chessy. However I enjoyed both long songs besides the spoken parts. Yes, not a masterpiece, but I'm pleased that they found their own way, not only copy the sound of Rhapsody.
Jason W. - 09.12.2014 at 01:12  
  This is a quite ambitious offering, and the production is massive! The lyrics do not resonate with me at all, so in the end I'm not touched, but the symphonic side and overall sound alone make this a worthy album for sure.
Sword_Chant - 22.12.2014 at 15:20  
Rating: 9 This album is brilliant!! Not the best PM album of the year but it's up there with a few others, including the new Galneryus album. Solid release.

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