Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

A lot of great female fronted metal bands are coming from Spain these days. With their debut full-length “Perception of Reality”, the melodic hard rock/metal band Antalgia is out to take their place among Spain’s best femme metal bands.

The 8-song, 47-minute disc opens with the fantastic “The Invisible Mechanism”. Antalgia’s use of keyboards (played by Xavi Sanchez) gives them a progressive metal influence at times. Lead vocalist Bella Dianez has got a high vocal range but is not operatic, she does have a strong voice and is definitely the focal point of the band. The next song “Realm of Pain” begins with a monstrous guitar riff and is a fast tempo song. This is one of the heavier songs, but like all of the others, Antalgia’s songs are all pretty melodic and therefore can be accessible. Other highlights include: “Embrace of Death”(which begins with another huge riff), “Line of Life” and the 8-minute closing song “Memories”. Guitarist Igna Jover does a great job throughout the CD and the interplay between guitars and keyboards is one the highlights of “Perception of Reality”. The songs are all pretty much in the same up-tempo direction, but they all maintain a strong melodic base. Overall, I have to say that I was impressed with “Perception of Reality”. Antalgia has released a strong and consistent full-length debut and proves to be a promising new voice in the realm of melodic hard rock and metal.

Rating – 89/100

 

Tracklist

  1. The Invisible Mechanism
  2. Realm of Pain
  3. Embrace of Death
  4. Lines of Life
  5. The Unseen Empire
  6. Broken Wings
  7. Seed in the Storm
  8. Memories

 

Line Up

  • Bella Diánez – Vocals
  • Igna Jover – Guitar
  • Carlos Falomir – Bass
  • Xavi Sanchez – Keyboards
  • Albert Gasen – Drums

 

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