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Orion Riders


A New Dawn

Year: 2003
Format: CD
Label: Lion Music
Genre: [Symphonic Power Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 7.5

Orion Riders were formed in May 1997, and since then they have released two demos and this debut album. They play symphonic power metal accompanied with high-pitched vocals. They're inspired by many famous heavy metal bands, such as Helloween, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Queensr che. On their two demos they had another singer, Vincent Tateford, who I haven't heard of. Therefore I can't compare their new singer (Joe Lombardo) to the earlier (Vincent Tateford).

Fans of Freedom Call, Gamma Ray, old Lab rinth, Edguy, Rhapsody, Heavenly, Statovarius and Angra may like this band. If you aren't put off by high vocals, you can enjoy this band. Their songs are quite diverse and melodic. Only complaints are that they don't offer anything new Ś power metal is a genre, which has been explored quite thoroughly (nowadays there are lots of power metal bands, especially in Europe). Nevertheless, Orion Riders haven't done anything wrong, they're just a little too late. I have heard pretty much everything done among this genre already, so that affects my rating.

However, this album is good. There's nothing to complain about the music, only thing I have complaints about is the vocals. So the singer is the weak link on this band. Guitar solos are melodic, orchestral arrangements are fitting, sound is tight, and in general this album is good power metal album. Although the grounds of power metal are already explored, this album is kind of a 'book of power metal' Ś it shows how diverse compositions one can have in a power metal band. OR is one of the best power metal bands in Italy. So if you're a fan of power metal, this is an album worth listening.

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- MAGE (06.07.2004)

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Lombardo, Joe: Vocals
Condorelli, Antonello: Guitar
Failla, Riccardo: Guitar
Siracusa, Carmelo: Bass
Zappa, Tony: Drums & Keyboards
Producer: Orion Riders
Mixing by: Samperi, Riccardo
Mastering by: Samperi, Riccardo
Orion Riders - A New Dawn  CD  Cover Image
01. In Memory
02. Whispers
03. A New Dawn
04. Leave the Shades Behind
05. Lacrimae Angeli
06. Light and Dark
07. Life's Best Days
08. Nocturne
09. Old Symphony
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