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Luca Turilli
King Of The Nordic Twilight (Limb Music)

By: Jeb Branin

Luca Turilli is the founding guitarist and main songwriter for Italian symphonic power metallers RHAPSODY (reviewed elsewhere in this issue). This is his first solo outing and for my money it sounds like just another chapter in the RHAPSODY saga. There is virtually nothing on this CD to set Luca's solo project apart from his band. Well... maybe "King..." is even more HELLOWEEN influenced than RHAPSODY if such a thing is even possible. More super clean vocals soaring over complex power metal that is as influenced by classical music as heavy metal. Although certainly impressive in execution and song writing the album as a whole is a somewhat difficult project to swallow whole . One might say "epic" or one might say "lavish" in describing it but on the other hand one might also say "pretentious" and "overblown". Either way it is unquestionably tamed by genre limitations. In other words, fans of the aforementioned "symphonic power metal" scene are going to eat this up, while the vast majority of metal heads would be safe in passing it up.
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