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Messenger of the Gods

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Lion Music
Genre: [Neo-classical/Symphonic Progressive Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.0

Messenger of the Gods is the debut album of Italian keyboard virtuoso Mistheria. However, this album isn't full of his synth solos etc. Actually there's enough room for vocals and guitars in his songs. So I was favourably impressed with this release. Although this album is Mistheria's debut, it isn't his first recording... His first recorded appearance was already in 1994 on Mirage's "Frammenti".

Songs are neo-classical progressive metal (at least for the most part). Mostly the songs are based on a great synth melody (which this album contains a lot of). Songs are of even quality, but they're also quite diverse. There's everything from classical piano playing to speedy synth noodling in the neo-classical manner. To hear Mistheria's skills, just listen to the title track 'Messenger of the Gods', which contains both worlds of his playing (by the way, it's 11 minute 35 second long instrumental composition).

This album has been produced quite well... Sounds are solid, and there's not much to complain. I'd only change some slight details concerning the mixing (for example, the drums could have been mixed better). Also the guitar sound could have been occasionally better. However, this album sounds good as it is.

Lion Music releases quite a lot of albums with "super line-ups", sometimes the results aren't as felicitous as one expects... However, this album is definitely worth checking out, if you're a fan of the genre and/or bands like Symphony X, Time Requiem, Yngwie Malmsteen and Stratovarius, for example. Messenger of the Gods is surprisingly good debut album.

Release date: 22.10.2004

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Mistheria: All Keyboards

Colella, Fabio: Drums (Track 2)
Folchitto, David: Drums	(Track 8)
Johansson, Anders: Drums (Track 9)
Macaluso, John: Drums (Tracks 3 & 4)
Scala, Andrea: Drums (Tracks 1, 5, 6, 10, 11 & 12)
Von Knorring, Michael: Drums (Track 7)

Di Gioia, Maria Pia: Soprano Vocals (Track 8)
Meisel, Hubi: Vocals & Lyrics (Track 12)
Rock, Rob: Vocals & Lyrics (Tracks 2 & 11)
Romano, Max: Vocals (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9)

Bissonette, Matt: Bass (Track 7)
Di Marco, Emilio: Bass (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 & 12)
Gonzo: Bass (Track 3)
Mazzenga, Mario: Bass (Track 11)
Shannon, Paul: Bass (Track 8)
Sparks, Barry: Bass (Track 9)

Arminchiardi, Max: Guitars (Track 7) & Guitar Solo (Track 11)
Bellas, George: Guitar Solo (Track 4)
Coenen, Marcel: Guitar Solo (Track 3)
D'Andrea, Maurizio: Acoustic Guitar (Track 12) and Electric Guitar Solo (Tracks 5, 8 & 10)
Denander, Tommy: Guitar Solo (Track 6)
Englund, Thorbjörn: Guitar Solo (Track 11)
Freeman, Maxe: Rhythm Guitar (Track 2) & Lyrics (Tracks 2, 3 & 4)
Hernando, Tony: Guitar Solo (Track 11)
Kollman, Jeff: Guitar Solo (Track 6)
Masi, Alex: Guitar Solo (Track 8)
Porcheddu, Leonardo: Guitar (Tracks 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11)
Reali, Diego: Guitar Solo (Track 5)
Renstrom, Rick: Guitar Solo (Track 6)
Rivera, Andrea: Guitar/Classical Guitar	(Track 10)
Thal, Ron: Guitar Solo (Track 6)
Zaza, Neil: Guitar Solo (Track 2)
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
Mistheria - Messenger of the Gods  CD  Cover Image
01. Preludium Opus 71
02. Zeus Will Storm the Earth
03. The Chimera
04. The Beast of the Maze
05. King Midas
06. Dynasty of Death
07. Children's Heaven
08. Witch of the Demons
09. Dragon's Teeth
10. Messenger of the Gods
11. Titans
12. Eternity
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