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Noveria: Aequilibrium
Noveria - Aequilibrium Music Review

Noveria: Aequilibrium

Heavy Power Metal
3.5/5.0

The last we heard from Italy's Noveria was 2016's Forsaken, a concept album wrapped in their bombastic power metal. Three years later, Noveria offers their third long player, Aequilibrium. While the album does not have a cohesive concept, Noveria has definitely settled into a consistent power metal groove.

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Perhaps the best way to describe Noveria and Aequilibrium is in the most simple way: fast, heavy, and raging. But this motif was established in their previous album. Most every instrument and musical part is robust and crushing from the sharp guitar riffage to the dense keyboard layers to the pounding and galloping rhythm section. Add to this ripping guitar solos paired with dramatic synth solos in most every tune. Somewhere and somehow vocalist Francesco Corigliano seems to rise above all this, perhaps better than he fared with Forsaken. Or perhaps the person mixing and mastering the album had pity on him. Needless to say, the result is that Aequilibrium is bombastic, extravagant, and intense. And I'm beginning to run out of the necessary adjectives. I think you get the point. It's not that there aren't moments of some subtly. You'll find some calmer moments within New Born, across the heavy power anthem Losing You (sort of), and then later with the unusually un-intense and solemn Darkest Days. Alternatively, you need to buckle up and hang on tight for the racing and raging intensity of Waves, Stronger Than Before, and Broken with its outrageous and wild drum work.

Essentially, with Aequilibrium, Noveria returns again to crush your ear drums and turn your brain into mashed potatoes with their blistering and bombastic heavy power metal. If you liked what they've done in the past, you will definitely enjoy this album.


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Essentially, with Aequilibrium, Noveria returns again to crush your ear drums and turn your brain into mashed potatoes with their blistering and bombastic heavy power metal. If you liked what they've done in the past, you will definitely enjoy this album.

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