Vera : Luca Turilli happens to be an ultimate spirited and accomplished artist who obviously got famous as composer/guitarist of the Italian outfit Rhapsody (Of Fire). They have always been known for their very cinematic approach of progressive power metal, but since Luca and Alex Staropoli both preferred to continue with their own version of the band in 2011, the amount of classical music and soundtrack flavour still increased with Luca. After the success of the epic ’Ascending To Infinity’ they are now ready to launch the sophomore album at the world. The title ‘Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus’ is right away very highfaluting and the music itself also brims with bombast, wealthy arrangements, choirs and Italian pathos.
Thus this seventy minutes long musical trip is overwhelming from start to finish. The intro ‘Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis)’ appears to be very classical tinged with pontifical chants and multi-headed choirs. Luca worked with two different choirs, although lead vocalist Alessandro Conti can put down a proper performance as well, be it as rock entertainer or showing his tenor abilities. With ‘Il Cigno Nero’ the album really kicks off in metal tradition, consequently we can enjoy the charms of these guys as metal collective. A fast and furious guitar solo cannot be missing in this respect. Yet you notice that Luca sometimes composes on piano these days, that instrument often adds charming intros or lovely interludes. The momentous spoken parts in ‘Il Tempo Degli Dei’ refer to one of the much discussed heroes of Turilli who contributed to science and spiritual knowledge of mankind. Actually that’s what this album deals with lyrically.
The chockfull songs have necessary moments of tension and engross the listener from start to finish with introvert passages on the other side of the spectrum. That is why we get a nice balance between hectic moments and fragile class and that leads to amazing moments in songs like ‘Notturno’ and ‘Prometheus’. Guest vocalists Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Dan Lucas (Karo) and David Readman (Pink Cream 69) all have their role in this vocal opulence (which is often operatic). Oriental influences are assimilated in ‘King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God’, while ‘Yggdrasil’ verges more to metal and male choirs in the front. That might be a possible point of discussion for some of you: the metal element (also the mix of guitars and metal vox) is snowed under by the classical grandness. Nevertheless, the eighteen minutes long tour de force ‘Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifers Fall Part II Codex Nemesis’ appears to be a mammoth composition like fury in which all ingredients are blend to a tasteful hotchpotch that has the aftertaste of a fine, pure Brunello di Montalcino.
An opulence of grandeur and multilayered bombast reigns on this album, which balances on the thin line between power metal and classical music. The soundtrack of Luca’s spiritual personality will not be easy to fathom for everyone, but it is of exceptional class. Read the interview to grasp this album properly!