ARTIST:

ALMANAC

(GERMANY)
TITLE:

KINGSLAYER

(2017)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Epic, Female vocals, Guitar-Hero, Low vocals, Melancholic, Symphonic, Technical
""Kingslayer" is an excellent power melodic album featuring both Victor Smolski's technique and the vocals of a very complementary trio."
NOISE (22.12.2017)  
4/5
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Victor Smolski is a man in a hurry. The Russian guitarist had quickly bounced back after his departure from Rage with Almanac and a first album, "Tsar". Despite undeniable qualities, "Tsar" was not devoid of flaws and one can wonder if this second opus might not suffer from a too quick production.

Smolski has kept the same team of singers and changed his rhythm section. "Kingslayer" is a historical concept around regicides and the tragic fates of kings. Almanac remains in a typical melodic power with a virtuosity that made his reputation. But Victor Smolski doesn't make the mistake of pulling the cover towards himself. On the contrary, he leaves a large place to his singers, great winners of this record, singing in perfect harmony.

The opus is homogeneous and without dead time. We appreciate the singing aspect of the titles with excellent choruses, well found melodies and an epic dark side. Regicide', 'Children Of The Sacred Path', 'Red Flag' or 'Hail To The King' impress by their fluidity and a nice balance between power and melody. On vocals, Andy B. Franck and David Readman are complementary and we appreciate this nice duel between a deep voice and a melodic and powerful one. Jeannette Marchewka manages to make an interesting place for herself with a powerful tone and is well highlighted on the ballad 'Last Farewell'.

Smolski shines with a thousand lights and one can only appreciate each of his soli at the same time technical, fluid and melodic. Of course he doesn't innovate but his great mastery makes us forget this detail. Guilty As Charged' stands out from the rest: pulling towards the symphonic, this title which evokes Nightwish is heavier and allows Almanac to vary the message with success.  Finally with 'Losing My Mind', Smolski sends us back to Rage. This title is a success with strong melodies and a technique at the service of the song not falling into the sterile demonstration.

"Kingslayer" is a nice little surprise that will delight the fans of melodic power metal. Almanac reaches an important level and manages not to sound like a project anymore but like a band leaving room for each of its members.


More informations on http://www.victorsmolski.de





TRACK LISTING:
01. Regicide
02. Children Of The Sacred Path
03. Guilty As Charged
04. Hail To The King
05. Losing My Mind
06. Kingslayer
07. Kingdom Of The Blind
08. Headstrong
09. Last Farewell
10. Red Flag

LINEUP:
Andy B. Franck: Chant
Athanasios Tsoukas: Batterie
David Readman: Chant
Jeannette Marchewka: Chant
Tim Rashid: Basse
Victor Smolski: Guitares / Claviers
   
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