Claude Arcano – Vocals
Ian Vespro – Guitars
Undesc Grotesque – Guitars
Vendra – Drums
Cance – Bass
Phil – Keyboards & Orchestra
3. Sentence (Forgiveness act II)
4. So Deep Out There
5. Angels Out of Grace
7. Damned Paradise
10. The Frozen Night (rebirth bonus)
This was album was definitely something else. I really enjoyed it, let’s just start with that. The Italian band combine a lot of elements from all areas of music in each song that just grip you in different ways. That makes one epic album.
Let’s start with the music excluding the vocals. There are so many bands I can list here that I heard elements of. To list a few: Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation, Tool, Opeth, Rammstein, Cradle of Filth, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Mortis and The Red Queen (formally Demona Mortiss). However, it’s not just bands that you can recognise, there are elements of film tracks and theatre in here. The very first track sounded like something from The Phantom Of The Opera, it was truly something for Andrew Lloyd Webber to be proud of. In regards to what films I instantly thought of, the cult classic Repo! The Genetic Opera sprung to mind. These are all amazing elements to have in your holster to use. It made the album extremely compelling and once I had started listening I simply did not want to stop.
Now, vocally. If you had told me that the singer was German I probably would have believed you – had I not known that this band hails from Italy. The reason for this you may ask is that his tone and pitch leans very closely to Till Lindemann’s style of singing. However I can hear subtle hints of HIM’s, Ville Valo and Sisters Of Mercy’s, Andrew Eldritch. Now when we reach the screamo like elements of the song I go back to hearing something reminiscent of Cradle of Filth. All this combined with Gregorian chanting and mezzo-soprano opera makes this band a force to be reckoned with.
There is a lot that evidently goes into each of these songs and that makes it very difficult for me to pick which song I think is the best from the album. Each tells its own compelling story that I enjoyed thoroughly. A stand out track, however, would have to be track 9 – Tale. Not many bands go all out and write a 15-minute track nowadays, which is a great shame in and of itself, but A Tear Beyond laughs at this and writes well… a thrilling tale. With exciting riffs, intriguing lyrics and immense breaks I think this would be a true goth metal experience to see live. I do not want to give this epic story away so you will have to go and listen to it for yourselves.
Outside of the 15-minute experience the song I would have to pick as a joint second is track 2 – Frolic. Exciting from the moment it starts and bursting with energy this track is what sold me this album.
I think that seeing the full scale of this band live needs to be added to not only my bucket list but everyone else’s. I think it would be an unreal experience and a sight to behold.