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Lunarsea - Hundred Light Years

Hundred Light Years
by Katarzyna Zakolska at 13 May 2013, 6:06 PM

LUNARSEA is a melodic Death Metal band from Italy. The band emerged from the ashes of the Progressive / Power Metal band called HOLLOWEARTH. Since the new emblem, LUNARSEA released a demo titled “Evolution Plan.txt” in 2003, a second demo “Bio Ashes Halo” a year later. In 2006, the debut “Hydrodynamic wave” was released, “Route Code Selector” saw light three years later. “Hundred Light Years” will come in as the band's third output, second via Punishment 18 Records.

"Ianus” was the first track that actually got to me, an unbelievable abyss of keys, apocalyptic climate, great drumming and explosive riffing, I enjoyed the intensified growling and clean vocal shining of the band's vocalist, Filippo Palma. While listening to this one, I noticed a bit of early Black Metal influence that signalled of CRADLE OF FILTH. “Pro Nebula Nova” is a fast paced kick ass outrage with melodic singing, composite chorus, masterful soloing along with several modern elements of energetic Death Metal. “As Seaweed”, another fast paced maniac, astounding keyboards' work and a hell of a guitar solo. “Next And Future” has a modern IN FLAMES vibe, near classic Swedish melodic Death Metal. “Sonic Deep Finder” is a catchy modern melodic Death Metal prowess, fine mixture of singing methods.“Phostumous”, the intro of the release, is a strong instrumental worth listening. “3 Pieces Of Mosaic” is the album's complex number, highly interesting song. “Aphelion Point” has an impressive violin solo along with the veil of the heavy rhythm guitars. “Palindrome Orbit” is another magical Death Metal number of penetrating melodies, a showcase of how to create the Swedish kind. “Ephemeris 1679”, a bit of a spacy name, is yet another true melodic combination of riffs, vocals and keyboards, worth of your time.

LUNARSEA appeared to me like a dynamic group of musicians. The album's sound production is very clear, creating a fine listener. The material is diverse, full of emotions, melodies, aggression and ruthlessness. LUNARSEA issued well performed growling, screaming, melodic clean vocals, blast beat, synths alongside typical Progressive Power Metal riffing. The large part of the songs reminded me the music of IN FLAMES, AMON AMARTH, MUTINY WITHIN and DARK TRANQUILLITY. In general, LUNARSEA's music isn't as most of other bands of the same genre, a bit frositer than others. No doubt that melodic Death Metal fans would want to get to know these guys better after listening to this one. 

4 Star Rating

1. Phostumous
2. 3 Pieces Of Mosaic
3. Next And Future
4. Ianus
5. Sonic Deep Finder
6. As Seaweed
7. Pro Nebula Nova
8. Aphelion Point
9, Palindrome Orbit
10. Ephemeris 1679
Filippo Palma - Vocals
Fabiano Romagnoli - Guitars / Synth
Emiliano Pacioni - Guitars
Cristian Antolini - Bass / Vocals
Alfonso Corace - Drums
Record Label: Punishment18 Records


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