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SPELLBLAST
Battlecry

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7.90

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SpellBlast started their music career in 1999 presenting themselves as a power metal band; their first approach to the audience was in 2004 with the release of a demo titled “Ray Of Time”. Afterwards the band performed at several gigs: to be noted among the others some shows along with Stormlord and the attendance to the BloodStock06 English Festival, where they played on the main stage alongside bands like Primal Fear, My Dying Bride, Axel Rudi Pell and Brainstorm. Just before the end of 2006 SpellBlast released their first full length album, HORNS OF SILENCE, recorded, mixed and mastered at New Sin Studio (where also bands like Labyrinth, Domine, White Skull, Elvenking worked on the making of their albums). The Band still keeps its power sounds, but some folk influences start to pervade SpellBlast music; In that occasion the Band could also rely on a prestigious Special Guest at the voice: Damnagoras from Elvenking. Immediately after, a contract was signed with Fuel Records and “Horns Of Silence” distribution started in Italy by Self and in the rest of the world by Frontiers Records; to be noted a special release in Taiwan through J Stone (Division of Magnum Music). The launch of SpellBlast on the global metal scene was definitely done. Meanwhile a strengthening of the rhythmical section of the upcoming tracks combined to a much stronger approach to folk components, gave a very personal sound to SpellBlast music, resulting from the mix of both folk and power elements, now winking at a heavy-epic metal. The second full length, BATTLECRY, was released on April 23rd, 2010: it confirmed this more powerful and aggressive style in the 12 tracks recorded – once more at the excellent New Sin Studio – this time with the extraordinary presence of Fabio Lione at the voice (Rhapsody of Fire/ Vision Divine) and the support of Folkstone’s bagpipes. The album, completely self produced by the band, is distributed in Italy by Self and by Twilight in the rest of the world. Time passes by and during the writing of the new album other changes occur among the musicians, leading the Band to the current line up. With a now renovated section of drums and rhythm guitar, the fivesome from Lombardy records the video of Ragnarok (Dream Of The End) and gets ready to attend the mini tour that will take place at the end of May in Finland, before starting the recording of their third full length.

Descrizione

Power Metal band from Italy

Tracklist:

1. Cold Wind Of Death
2. Drinkin’ With The Gods
3. History Of A Siege – Heroes
4. Path On The Sea
5. Ragnarok (Dream Of The End)
6. Soldiers’ Angels
7. Raid Day
8. History Of A Siege – Slaughter
9. Northern Star
10. Brave And Fierce
11. Command Charge
12. Battlecry

Label: Self Released

Format CD Jewel box

Band website: www.spellblast.com

Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Spellblast.Official/

 

2 recensioni per SPELLBLAST
Battlecry

  1. From Truemetal: Dopo l’ottimo debutto Horns Of Silence, ecco tornare sulla scena i bergamaschi Spellblast con un nuovo album totalmente autoprodotto intitolato Battlecry. L’ingresso in line-up alla batteria di Edo Sala porta alla band un importante valore aggiunto per quanto riguarda il sound che si fa decisamente più potente ed epico. Non mancano gli inserti folk che hanno portato alla notorietà il disco precedente: per questo nuovo lavoro, i nostri si sono avvalsi della collaborazione dei colleghi Folkstone che, per l’occasione, hanno prestato le proprie cornamuse arricchendo ulteriormente l’atmosfera.
    Il risultato finale è sorprendente: un sound fresco e coinvolgente che accompagna l’ascoltatore in un concept ispirato alla mitologia norrena, attraverso epiche battaglie tra bene e male, luce e tenebra. Il classico power metal degli esordi assume quindi sfumature più heavy/epic e la sensazione finale trasmessa è che gli Spellblast abbiano finalmente trovato la strada giusta da percorrere.

    Per l’apertura delle danze viene incaricata Cold Wind Of Death brano cadenzato e grintoso, supportato da un delizioso sottofondo di violini che immediatamente rendono folkeggiante l’atmosfera, a cui fa seguito una possente Drinkin’ With The Gods, canzone dal tiro aggressivo in cui la band mostra gli artigli, spaziando tra strofe veloci e intermezzi orchestrali di gran classe.
    Segue History Of A Siege: Heroes, brano suddiviso in due episodi, in cui il cantante Jonathan Spagnuolo viene affiancato dall’ospite d’eccezione Fabio Lione che, come ormai ha abituato il pubblico che lo segue, non delude mai le aspettative, arricchendo con la propria voce questo pezzo da novanta che può considerarsi tranquillamente uno dei migliori brani di questo album: velocità, grinta e melodia sfociano in un ritornello epico che rimane impresso nella mente dopo pochissimi ascolti.
    Le canzoni scorrono piacevolmente una dopo l’altra e con Soldiers’ Angels finalmente possiamo apprezzare a pieno il contributo delle cornamuse dei Folkstone: un ritornello epico e un refrain trascinante rendono questo brano esaltante come una scarica di adrenalina, ma allo stesso tempo mai esagerato o troppo pretenzioso. Buona la veloce Raid Day, brano tirato che mette in risalto molto bene la sezione ritmica di batteria a opera della new entry Edo Sala.
    È il momento quindi della seconda parte di History Of A Siege ovvero History Of A Siege: Slaughter, in cui vediamo nuovamente in campo la voce di Fabio Lione che insieme a Spagnuolo forma una coppia esplosiva e la canzone non fa che guadagnarne sia in carisma, sia in potenza.
    Non c’è un attimo di tregua perché subito a raffica vengono proposte una sognante Northern Star e una prorompente Brave And Fierce che anticipano la coppia di brani che andranno a chiudere questo ottimo Battlecry: Command Charge e la titletrack Battlecry, due pezzi dal groove travolgente che uniscono con sapienza inserti folk e classici estratti heavy.

  2. From Metal Temple: SPELLBLAST is a power/folk Metal band from Italy. They started out as a pure power Metal band, but are now incorporating some folk Metal elements into their style. Italy seems to be a good place for power Metal bands as of late. These guys are pretty good, not great, but very good. My main gripe is that the songs are too short. It’s like they aren’t able to keep a good idea afloat for more than three or four minutes or so, with the majority being in the three minute range rather than four. There is a slight “epic” if you can call it that. The song lasts a whopping five minutes and twenty two seconds (sarcasm mode off). The stand out on this album is “Battlecry”.

    The main theme here seems to be battle and fighting, sort of like MANOWAR. If you are going to pick a band as an influence, you might as well pick the mighty and glorious MANOWAR! There are plenty of violins and keyboards present, and they add to the mix. I don’t see them being able to replicate the whole sound live without backing tracks as is the case with many power metal bands and is not necessarily a bad thing. I have always been drawn to a sound that is more complicated. I feel it gives the music more depth and intricacies. The vocals are handled very well by Jonathan Spagnuolo. It seems that vocals have been a hard thing for power Metal bands to get right as of late. This is no doubt due to the plethora of these genres of bands springing up like weeds. Somehow, SPELLBLAST managed to get a very good vocalist. If you have a bad vocalist, the best backing music in the world won’t help any.

    The production is surprisingly crisp. I truly didn’t expect this album to sound as good as it does, considering the fact that I have never heard of their label before. There is some good double bass drumming, but it never goes overboard into the speed Metal territory. These guys have a certain sound in mind, and don’t stray far from it at any given moment. There are tempo changes in the songs. It’s not just mid tempo the whole way, or slow or fast. They manage to add at least two elements of tempos in most of the songs, but the majority (if there must be one) would be classified as up tempo. I like that in a power Metal band.

    No slow or plodding songs are needed to prove how ‘diverse’ they are. Don’t forget the bagpipes, whatever you do! I like them a lot here. Nothing says power Metal more than a few notes from a Scott’s man playing the bag pipes. I am just joking. It all fits in well with the folk elements. Hopefully they will add longer songs in the future.

    If you like folk Metal, this is a must for you. Battlecry has arrived. I hope you like it as much as I do. This band has a bright future ahead of them in my opinion.

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