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Vitalij Kuprij - Glacial Inferno & Revenge (CD)

Vitalij Kuprij
Glacial Inferno & Revenge
by Panagiotis Koutsompogeras at 03 June 2007, 6:55 PM

VITALIJ KUPRIJ is widely regarded as the world's leading Metal keyboardist as well as a skilfull pianist and composer. He was born in Ukrainia and he is consistently at the top of keyboard player polls worldwide, constantly being involved in neo-classical albums or progressive bands like ARTENSION andRING OF FIRE.
He has received many awards and prizes int the past, a fact that makes his whole musicianship even more extraordinary. Additionaly Vitalij has issued solo albums such as Glacial Inferno - which is actually his fifth solo one - having as guest musicians Michael Harris on guitar, and the former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's musicians John Macaluso on drums and Randy Coven on bass.
Both albums belong in the so called neo-classical,  progressive style. Vitalij Kuprij's Revenge includes cooperation with vocalists Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and solo), Dougie White (RAINBOW/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Goran Edman (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/JOHN NORUM) plus many more. The sound here can be described as a mixture of melodic Power Metal containing elements of classical rearrangements as well as improvisations and personal identity. Not so bad after all, I would rather say.
Glacial Inferno is dynamic album that contains heavy, virtuosic, powerful and even some traditional folk stuff. I think that both albums are a kind of  must have releases for fans of neo-classical or progressive Metal music. For the rest maybe the experience is kind of unnecessary. I think that if you are not so familiar with instrumental or neoclassical stuff album, in general, you may find this kind of music annoying or boring from time to time. On the other hand, since this is a limited edition double pack this is a really good bargain and chance to come into contact with such musical elements and expand your sonic knowledge.
Highlights of this album can be considered - amongst the other - the following ones: Symphonic Force, Fire In The Sun, Glacial Inferno, Dancing Flame, Just Another Day, J. Haydn-Excerpt From Sonata In E Minor, Emperor's Will and Let The Future Unfold.

3 Star Rating

Disc 1

Glacial Inferno
Symphonic Force
Liquid Rain
Fire In The Sun
Divided Horizon
Glacial Inferno
Dancing Flame
Dying To Live
Burning Ice
Theme By Albinoni ( Bonus Europe)

Disc 2

Burning My Soul
I Don't Believe In Love
Into The Void
Just Another Day
J. Haydn-Excerpt From Sonata In E Minor
Classic War
Emperor's Will
Follow Your Heart
Stand Up And Fight
Let The Future Unfold
Vitalij - Keyboards
Michael Harris - Guitar
John Macaluso - Drums
Randy Coven - Bass
Record Label: Lion Music Records


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