Ghosts Of Forgotten Worlds
Label: Nuclear Blast
Their guitar solos pack too many notes into too little space; their keyboard breaks prance about daintily enough for ballet class; their multi-part harmonies seem to have studied Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Anglican church hymns and the great Mediterranean tenors. But these regal Italians still lift heavy weight -- "Aeons of Raging Darkness" and "Tornado" shift between muscle-Viking and melodic death metal territory. Then there's closer "Heroes of the Waterfall's Kingdom," a 19-minute playlet where, as a narrator portentously declaims, blood of thine enemies is spilled across Northern snow.