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Reign Of The Architect - Rise

Reign Of The Architect
by Fede "FedeRock" Taich at 15 April 2013, 5:33 PM

“Rise” is a concept album produced by the Israeli band REIGN OF THE ARCHITECT. The album is a musical extravaganza, and while listening you’ll have the feeling that you’re actually observing a musical or an opera.

The album is very diverse, from acoustic Folk to growl vocals you, it has it all, and everything seems to fit perfectly to the story line. On the other hand, it’s not an easy listener but as a Progressive Metal album, it’s reasonable. The mix of vocals of Tom Gefen, Davidavi Dolev, Adva Kramer, Yotam Avni and of course Jeff Scot Soto, make the songs feel full and interesting. “We Must Retaliate” is a great example for that.

This is one of those albums that it’s not really possible to tell about with words. The only thing that was a little hard for me to listen was the fact that this album is so all over the place that sometimes it is hard to catch everything that’s coming out of the speakers, because there’s a lot going on.

In conclusion, fans of bands like PAIN OF SALVATION, KAMELOT and SYMPHONY X will really dig this, more traditional listeners will need to be very open minded about it. 

3 Star Rating

Act I
1. Set
2. Different Heart
3. Hymn to Loneliness
4. False
5. Such a Celebration
6. Leaking Wounds
7. Distant Similarities
Act II
8. One Single Sour Grape
9. …As the Old Turns to Sorrow
10. I, the Architect
11. Secrets in the Hallway
12. Crown of Shattered Dreams
13. The Green Flame
14. We Must Retaliate
15. Hopeless War
Yuval Kramer - Guitars
Tom Gefen - Vocals (the Architect)
Davidavi Dolev – Vocals (Storyteller, Father, Razor)
Nina Vouraki – Piano (on tracks 3, 11 and 13)

Other Members:
Mauricio Bustamante – Drums and Percussion
Mike LePond – Bass (on tracks 2, 3, 9, 13 and 14)
Kyle Honea – Bass (on tracks 4, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15)
Adva Kramer – Vocals (The Teacher, Rapture)
Grace Hannah Woolf – Vocals (The Girl)
Yotam Avni – Vocals (Ruin)
Jeff Scot Soto – Vocals (The President on track 14)
Joost Van Den Broek – Keyboard solos (on track 7)
Assaf Levy – Guitar solos (on tracks 4 and 9)
Dark Serpent – Soldiers (on track 15)
Record Label: Pitch Black Records


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