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PHEONIX RISING
Written by Alban Schmid

Artension's second release is a powerful progressive metal album mixing seventies themes a la Rainbow with a nineties sound. The band is lead by the virtuoso keyboard player Vitalij Kuprij, which gives the music a weird an unusual drive and is really a seldom configuration for a metal band. Indeed, the Ukrainian is the prominent figure, his melodies and solos soar above the rhythm section. This doesn't mean that the other band members are mere second choices: the singer displays a clear and mighty voice, with a broad range, reminiscent of Jeff Scott Soto and Graham Bonnet. The guitar on this album is rather a background instrument and its main function seems to be to add a metal depth and dimension to the sound. The CD ends with a solely instrumental track featuring only Vitalij Kuprij at the piano, which contain some interesting classical variations.

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