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Imaginery - Long Lost Pride

=Staff's pick

The Sign Of Today
When All Is Gone*
The Nightmare Of Kain*
Roughly Scratched But Alive
Korozon (The Lord Of Evil)
Peace Of Mind*
Blind Eyes
Dark Angel
In My Life

Genre Power Metal
Björn Jansson
Tracks 10
Bob Katsionis
Runningtime 51 Min.
Label Lion Music
Olof Sundfeldt
Release 25 March 2005
Mark Adrian
Country Greece
Bob Katsionis
Similar artists Stratovarius, Axel Rudi Pell, Iron Mask

The history of Imaginery is dated back to 1996 when Bob Katsionis formed a project under the moniker Mirage. His musical vision was power metal in the vein of bands like Stratovarius and Angra which at the time not had been done by a Greek band. After a few demos the band changed its name and in the year of 2001 their debut was born.

Now the time has come for Imaginery's second album and on this effort Swedish vocalist Björn Jansson (Tears Of Anger) is handling the microphone. He's got a decent voice that sometimes reminds me of his countryman Mats Levén. As expected we are served power metal with driving double bass and neoclassical parts. After the first spin I wasn't that impressed but the album grows steadily and now it has developed to my liking.

There is one track that differs a little bit from the rest because it's so brilliant I have problems describing it. The tune I'm talking about is The Nighmare Of Kain and the sole reason why I praise it so much is the amazing chorus. It's a map of how songs in the genre should be written, a great verse that builds up your interest and a chorus that explodes and lifts to the sky.

Apart from that masterpiece the songs lie on a more human level and I would call the material as very even. When it comes to criticism I must mention the somewhat muddy production. In these days it's always a must to have a crystal clear and heavy production but the sound we are served here must be regarded as failure.

From now on I will be following what Bob are up to because this record has definitely proved his capability when it comes to musician ship and writing songs.






7 chalices of 10 - Hawk

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