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Art X: The Redemption Of Cain

Art X is the progressive metal project of Italian singer/songwriter Gabriele Bernasconi, the previous frontman for classic metal act Clairvoyants. For this grandiose concept album The Redemption of Cain, the vocalist has teamed up with a host of singers & musicians to create this adventurous musical story, and that list includes the likes of guitarist Luca Princiotta (Doro/Clairvoyants), keyboard player Oliver Palotai (Kamelot), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Testament), drummer Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre), and in the vocal slots, accompanying Gabriele in Cain's role, we have Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth, WonderWorld) in Abel's role, André Matos (Angra, Shaaman) as the Angel of God, Amanda Sommerville in the role of Lilith, Zachary Stevens (Savatage, CIIC) as the Keeper of Eden, Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden) as Adam, Tim Aymar (Control Denied, Pharaoh) as Lucifer, Lucia Emmanueli (Trewa) as Cain's wife, and Selina Iussich as Eve.

With such an enormous cast, you'd have to assume that The Redemption of Cain is a pretty powerful and majestic affair, correct? Well, that assumption would be correct, as Art X have created an album here that will be of instant interest to any fan of Avantasia or Ayreon with its sweeping orchestrations, layers of vocals, and heavy metal arrangements. "The Second Sacrifice", complete with symphonic passages, power metal riffing, and soaring, dueling vocals, is a joy to behold, while both "Lilith" and "Knowledge & Death" bristle with progressive metal muscle, atmosphere, and gentle beauty. Aymar is deliciously evil as the title character in "Lucifer", while Bernasconi, Tiranti, Matos, and Sommerville really shine in their extended roles throughout this entire release. The albums heaviest and most adventurous tracks are saved for last in the forms of "The Keeper" and "Eden, Finally...", two highly addicting tunes that showcase the entire band, both vocally and musically, and bring this whole story to a dramatic and satisfying conclusion.

Those into bombastic, progressive metal concept albums with a variety of singers and musicians will find much to love here on The Redemption of Cain, and hopefully there are many more releases like this from Art X in the years to come. Recommended!

Track Listing
1. Memoriae
2. Knowledge & Death
3. The First Sacrifice
4. The Second Secrifice
5. Crime, Pain and Penance
6. Lilith
7. Lucifer
8. A Wife's Love
9. The Keeper
10. Eden, Finally…

Added: December 3rd 2016
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Metalville Records
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Language: english

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