There is much to like about the third CD from Arise Records that was sent to me. Labyrinth is another six piece metal band that blends excellent instrumentation with strong song writing to provide power that doesn't overwhelm, yet makes the statement it was created to make. Freeman opens with the melodic speed metal, if that is possible, tune "L.Y.A.F.H." with a flair for heavy riffs.
The unique blend of styles is the work of the heavy instrumentation and the amazingly melodic vocals of Roberto Tiranti. Bassist Cristiano Bertocchi drives most of the songs and is very prominent in the mix. No song fits into one category, just as you get ready for thrash, it slows down, and just as you dig the grove, you get propelled at light speed. You would think that 10 songs of this would overwhelm the listener, but it doesn't. The music is too intelligent for this.
"Malcomlm Grey" is the one experimental piece that weaves around and in and out of a piano line. The contrast of style helps break up the CD and shows keyboardist Andrea De Peoli's influence on the overall music. Labyrinth is truly a group effort.
This is excellent music that plays fast and hard, but with enough diversity to keep you interested. Freeman is highly recommended for Metal, Speed Metal, and Progressive Metal fans.
3) Dive in Open Waters
6) Face And Pay
7) Malcolm Grey
8) Nothing New