Symfonia have to be power metals most epic super group. They have had some of the most talented musicians in the business from a range of power metal legends such as: Angra
, Sonata Arctica
and Gama Ray. When you get different musical concepts from some of the biggest names in power metal and mix them up together, you are given a beautiful masterpiece of heaviness, speed and killer songs which not only sounds amazing on album – but no doubt blow peoples mind when shredded live!
What is so impressive about this album is just how amazing each and every musician is in that band. They could all put their magic onto a solo album, but what is best is when they put all their talents together and form something special. You can’t fault the music as it’s in perfect state; giving the listener ten songs of pure epic power metal which are far better than anything new in: Angra
and Sonata Arctica
’s back catalog. The guitar solos are especially fast giving a prime example of how these guys are not fakes and can actually play their instruments with great skill and still make them sound fucking great.
In Paradisum has so many possible singles. Each song is perfectly suited for radio play and live performance giving the listener a whole new world of power metal to explore – providing both catchy chorus’s and head banging riffs. It’s nice to know that with one listen you can pick up the tune to every song just from one listen, and even with one listen it is guaranteed to blow your mind by creating a fantastic world of bombastic riffs and whaling vocals on tracks like: “Fields of Avalon”, “Santiago” and “Pilgrim Road”.
Andre Matos on vocals has a beautiful voice for a metal singer and can absolutely whale and power through some of the higher notes on the album. Unfortunately on one or two odd occasions he is out of his comfort zone making the vocals sound squeaky and quite annoying in places. Musically the album is superb with its soaring solo’s and killer riffs but to make this a perfect album the vocals should be dropped an octave so that the singer can really show his true talent instead of forcing out the notes and maybe doing harm to his voice in the future.
You should be glad that these old school veterans aren’t performing with their old bands any longer as In Paradisum is a musical masterpiece which has sprung from the minds of the greatest metal super group going. [8.5]