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El Angel Caido - Avalanch

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Genre: World Music / Artist: Avalanch / Import / Audio CD released at Xana

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      02.02.2008 23:59
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      Avalanch's third album (2001).

      While Avalanch's past efforts gave off the feeling of a band that wanted to make it big in the prog-power metal circles and was putting in a decent effort, 'El angel caido' is the first and last album that feels like it could just about crawl into the lower rungs of the elite, and it's Avalanch's best. Still predominantly led by guitarist Alberto Rionda, who perhaps isn't one of the finest in the business but still has the necessary neoclassical shredding skills required for the task, this is a strong collection of songs bulked out a little deceptively by frequent, insubstantial interludes, climaxing in the band's finest performance with the 'Las ruinas del eden' suite.

      While the interludes may be a little irritating for some, they do help to add a sense of consistency and flow to the album that may also be reflected in an overarching plot - I don't know, I don't speak Spanish, it's all just nice noises to me. The prog-power style continues in a similar vein to the previous album, opener 'Tierra de nadie' boasting a memorable and powerful lead guitar melody that immediately smacks of 'Torquemada,' but fortunately the rest of the material is equally consistent for a change. The band's heavier side is improved here, with thrash riffs dominating songs such as 'Xana' and 'Levantate y anda' and even sounding reminiscent of early Iced Earth on occasion, but the band's style is entirely its own and the core sound never drifts too far.

      The aforementioned 'Eden' suite is the band's finest contribution to progressive power metal, and although divided in three it could just as easily work as an extended song of just over ten minutes in length. The first part is the slowest and most emotive, setting things up while also being excellent in its own right, while the band is really permitted go all out in the central section with some great lead guitars, some interesting tribal drums and a more melodic, piano-tinged finale, with the album's finest vocal performance. The shortest third part is more or less a reprise, but a satisfying one, and the final, self-indulgent, neoclassical guitar track thing is entirely permissible and even necessary for appreciative listeners to sit through as a thank you for the music.

      1. Hacia la luz
      2. Tierra de nadie
      3. El angel caido
      4. Xana
      5. La buena nueva
      6. Levantate y anda
      7. Alma en pena
      8. Corazon negro
      9. Delirios de grandeza
      10. Antojo de un dios
      11. El septimo dia
      12. Las ruinas del eden: acto 1
      13. Las ruinas del eden: acto 2
      14. Las ruinas del eden: acto 3
      15. Santa bárbara


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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Hacia La Luz
      2 Tierra de Nadie
      3 áNgel Caã­Do
      4 Xana
      5 Buena Nueva
      6 Levã¡Ntate y Anda
      7 Alma en Pena
      8 Corazã³N Negro
      9 Delirios de Grandeza
      10 Antojo de un Dios
      11 Sã©Ptimo Dã­A
      12 Ruinas del Edã©N: Acto I
      13 Ruinas del Edã©N: Acto II
      14 Ruinas del Edã©N: Acto III
      15 Santa Bã¡Rbara

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