Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Rating: RRRr
Label: Frontiers 2019
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Sascha Paeth is one of metal's odd sod. The wicked multi-instrumentalist, producer, and overall mad genius. I'm really fond of his work with the likes of Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, and perhaps not as impressed with the Rhapsody Of Fire. The solo project of Masters Of Ceremony and their debut album, Signs Of Wings, treads a fine line between the merry Pirate metal of Running Wild, Within Temptation, and Avantasia, and incredibly it seems to work for the most part.

I'm also very fond of the vocalist on this record, Adrienne Cowan from Seven Spires, and she's no ordinary goth or the shy wallflower. Her range goes from head to toe, meaning she likes to play both the angel and the devil. Huh? What the fudge? Okay. Straight to the point. Just as good on the soft and hard parts and there's a lot of guts as well as gusto on the record. For the most part, Signs of Wings, revolves principally around the essence of all good metal, decent material and wicked guitar work. The majority of Paeth's arrangements accompanying the excellent vocals of Adrienne Cowan and her performance transforms a number of good songs into great ones. Keep in mind that you need to be slightly open-minded as you'll find the occasional modern metal growl(s) and style though.

Offering a wide range of styles within the metal spectrum, from aggressive and straight foward metal, to the more melodic and symphonic track, this record has a bit of everything. Soundwise, the sonic delivery is as good as ever by The Paeth and the guitarist sure do enjoy noodling to his hearts' content, making the best out of the situation, the motto of the day. The Path of The Paeth clearly have big intentions and highways in mind and with this album should achieve many of them. "Blissful I die and reach for the sky. Hoping to find a way through the night. I leave my worries alone way down below and try not to cry anymore, fight anymore".

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