INSTANZIA - Ghosts Metalodic
This melodic, progressive metal quartet, going by the name of Instanzia hail from the frozen and icy landscapes of Montreal, Quebec. Their sound is somewhat reminiscent of Rhapsody Of Fire and one time singer (DC Cooper) of melodic rockers Royal Hunt. Instanzia's style of progressive/melodic metal can be described as a fine mixture of finely refined epic proportions blended in with progressive influences to give an interesting character and charm to their music.
Singer Alexis Woodbury sings from his soul, with so much conviction and emotion, you can't help but feel his pain. Yes, this is for real, people, this is not your average run-of-the-mill heavy metal group.
Woodbury's solid harmonies and superb arrangements let the music breathe here as it does not sound so overbearing and achieves a tasteful balance among all eight tracks found on their debut CD, "Ghosts".
There is something about his vocals, which gives Instanzia's music so much depth and feeling you can immerse your ears into. Moreover, for those of you into heaviness, this album has tons of heavy guitar rhythms and double bass passages that'll make your head bang out of control. Now, if you prefer melodic riffs and articulately structured lead runs, you're in for one hell of a treat here. Their solos are breathtaking to a certain degree (nothing like virtuoso guitarists Yngwie Malmsteen or Paul Gilbert), and will definitely throw your auditory senses in for a cool tailspin. This is something your ear drums will dance and beat to, so prepare to experience some of the best progressive and melodic metal to come from Canadian shores in a long while.
In addition, to their unique musicianship and interesting song arrangements, their album art, of course, ridden with "Ghosts" will send chills down your spine as well. With almost one hours worth of music on this disc, you're not going to be disappointed especially if you love groups like Dream Theater, Savatage, Iced Earth, Firewind, Judas Priest, and even early Metallica too.
Personally, I was very impressed with this young band's first studio outing, and the future only seems very, very promising for this Canadian heavy, progressive metal foursome.
Here are the eight songs featured on this CD: "Omen", "Ghosts Of The Past", "Power Of The Mind", "Charmin Deceiver", "Heaven Hell", "A Genius Who Believes", "The Key" and "The Desert Fox."
My favorite of all eight numbers featured here is "A Genius Who Believes" with its head banging rhythms intertwined with majestic synthesizer episodes and vocals that'll take you back to your dark past - yes this song is eerie but it is one of the stand out tracks here. "Ghosts" is an excellent release and should not be passed up as it will rock your world.
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