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Lords Of Black: Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. 1
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Lords Of Black: Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. 1

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Without interruption Spain's Lords Of Black has been dropping a new studio album since 2014. Yet there was a brief interruption when vocalist Ronnie Romero took a brief hiatus from the the band in 2019. Then Romero and founder and guitarist Tony Hernando were reunited by the strength of the songwriting for the new and fourth album, Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. 1. The album also introduces us to the new, yet quite experienced, bass player Jo Nunez (Darkblazers, Firewind, Dragonland (live), Gus G. (live), et al).

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Once more Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. 1 features the powerful combination of Romero's assertive, yet melodic, vocals and Hernando's ripping riffs and blazing guitar solos. These two are supported and propelled by an ambitious and energetic rhythm section for an abundance of gallop and groove. Yet, even with all this heavy metal bravado and might, the songs are wrapped quite nicely in plenty of melody and harmony, with catchy refrains attached.

Considering some tunes, you'll find some melodic heavy metal rock with Into The Black, Disease In Disguise, and Dying To Live Again. Speaking to the contribution of the new bass player, you'll hear Nunez's bass line loom large within Sacrifice and Closer To Your Fall. With Shadows Kill Twice, your treated to some smooth piano work paired with a Hernando guitar solo before it leaps into some classic melodic power metal (with the piano lingering underneath). But for some true heavy power metal, Tides Of Blood is relentless in intensity where both Romero and Hernando are quite raging. Then all these things are tempered by the closing mellow ballad You Came To Me, featuring Romero's voice over a delicate piano line.

All in all, and simply said, Lords Of Black's Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. 1 is another powerful and enjoyable platter of their signature melodic heavy power metal. Recommended.




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Simply said, Lords Of Black's Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. 1 is another powerful and enjoyable platter of their signature melodic heavy power metal. Recommended.

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