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Almah – Almah

Label: Candlelight Records
Format: CD
Released: 2007
Reviewed By: Rich Catino


Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi's debut solo album, going under the Almah moniker, features Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, Stratovarius bassist Lauri Porra and Kamelot drummer Casey Grillo. Within his own music, Edu offers up a couple of the faster Euro Power Metal arrangements with Angra's style ('Take Back Your Spell') and ballads like the piano based 'Forgotten Land' with also a few more modern sounds like the aggressive opener 'King' where Edu’s voice surprisingly takes an angrier tone (also for 'Break All The Welds') from the start while still containing a melodic chorus which is very Dream Theaterish.

 

With 'Scary Zone', Edu brings in some of the instruments from his native country Brazil with the tribal drumming beats, maintaining his excellent melodic tone for the bridge and chorus. The song also takes a slight progressive turn mid way through into heavier territory for the solo sections which was a welcomed change. This one is a keeper. Good stuff. I like his voice and always have. 'Children of Lies' is one of my favorites with an agitative rhythm arrangement and riff combination that includes moments of double bass.

This Almah project works well for Edu. It allows him to play some music that is familiar to him already while branching out into other hard rock sounds. Also it doesn’t hurt having the backing band he has. Let’s see what he comes up with next time.

 
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