Wednesday, November 4, 2020

ETERNAL IDOL: "Renaissance"

Rating: RRRRr
Label: Frontiers 2020
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

"Perso nel tempo. Ti trover in questo mondo". Color me impressed as Eternal Idol returns with a revamped line-up and sound that takes the somewhat questionable shared male and female vocals to the next level. It takes a lot of passion and admittely in some instances good old faith, to convince yourself and the listener that operatic duets is still the way to rock in 2020. Especially since we've been swamped with this kind of music and groups for the past twenty odd years or so.

Make no mistake though. Nick Savio (guitars, songwriter, arrangements, producer) must be applauded for what he has achieved here. Not only did he make the best out of vocalists Fabio Lione (Angra, Rhapsody Of Fire) and new vocalist Claudia Layline, but the atmospheric, bombastic, fantastic, symphonic, arrangements are larger than life and full on energy. It's definitely the "Renaissance" and something that could only boost the band's reputation to higher grounds and stronger following. Eternal Idol have made some experimental trips outside the usual format of the genre and it has paid off - big time. It's progressive 'happy-metal' and basically a symphony joined together in near perfect harmony. Light and darkness, power and emotional outbursts, "Black Star" and "Dark Eclipse", songs that goes straight to the heart. Extra kudos to Savio for some truly impressive guitar work and solos.

It's actually difficult to pick out favorite tracks as they're all part of the story and it's darn nice to witness the proper album effort. Bombastic (operatic) melodic metal may not please all the music lovers out there, but you need to give this platter a chance and at least check out soundclips online as it feature intense songwriting and impeccable vocal performances. I haven't always been kind to Lione in the past, however, this is his best album performance and the voice blend perfectly in with the excellent banshee of Layline. She's a ripper! and the same goes for the entire album. Simply close your eyes and dream yourself away to a better place where the "Renaissance" is still very much alive. Eternal Idol at Facebook

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