Metal To Infinity

I think Pitch Black Records should be proud of themselves for the release of the third Arrayan Path album “Ira Imperium”. This is a killer album for fans of Epic / Power Metal featuring guest appearances by Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Vagelis Maranis (ex-Sanvoisen), even better than they’re first two albums Road To Macedonia and Terra Incognita respectively released in 2004 and 2010. Before the first album they released two demos. As for their second album the band was even nominated for IMPALA’s European Independent Album of the Year Award. Also they got great compliments by Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson who said the album definitely is worth checking out.

The band itself was formed by Nicholas Leptos and Clement Fung in the United States in 1997. But Nicholas later moved to Greece. The album was recorded with Nicholas Leptos on vocals, Socrates Leptos and Alexis Kleidaras on guitars, Vagelis Maranis on bass, George Kallis on keyboards and Stefan Diettrich on drums. With this line-up the band made an incredible album in my eyes.“Ira Imperium” was recorded and mixed at Maranis Studios in Germany. The album contains thirteen songs whom are from first to last epic! Especially the song ‘Katherine of Aragon’ caught my attention due to the many different styles melted into one most excellent song! Other highlights on the album for me are ‘Gnosis Of Prometheus’, ‘Kiss Of Kali’ and ‘Lost Ithaca’.

I must admit the musicians have some great skills. Hearing guitar solos of such caliber together with a killer bassline, pounding drums, the subtle keyboard touches and on top of all such a beautiful, warm voice made me believe there still is a future for the younger generation of metalfans! This album really blew my mind so I’ve only got one thing to say: They Rock!

I think this won’t be the last we hear from this band as I am convinced. I’m not the only one to find “Ira Imperium” one of the better albums released lately. I definitely recommend this album to fans of Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Stratovarius, …

My Points: 84 / 100 (Review by Timo)e)