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Khallice: The Journey

Jesus Christ sings for a Brazilian progressive-metal band.

Now that I've got your attention, allow me to introduce Khallice (pronounced "ka-LEE-say"), a prog-metal band with a vocalist who sounds like James LaBrie and who once performed the role of Jesus in the Brazilian and Mexican casts of "Jesus Christ Superstar." Taking blatant influences from Dream Theater, Rush and Queensryche, the members of Khallice introduce themselves to the rest of the world via The Journey. It's the first English-language CD from the band and includes both new songs and rebuilt versions of earlier work dating back to 1995.

Khallice has played in front of as many as 50,000 people at one time, and it's easy to hear the band's oozing confidence in these nine songs. (The Magna Carta version contains one bonus track, plus "Madman Lullaby," an English version of "Balada do Louco" a hit in the Seventies for the famous Brazilian band Os Mutantes is available as a free bonus track download at the band's official web site.) Singer Alirio Netto's diction is a little lazy and he gets lost in the dense mix now and then, but he sings in a James LaBrie style with little trace of an accent. Netto is backed by exceedingly competent players with backgrounds in jazz, pop, classical and bossa nova. The result is an impressive album, but without a whole lot of originality. The quintet plays with such passion, though dominant keyboard runs, crisp guitars, well-paced rhythms and invigorated vocals that it's easy to consider The Journey a promising start to 2007's progressive-metal output.

Track Listing:
1) Loneliness
2) I've Lost My Faith
3) Spiritual Jewel
4) Wrong Words
5) Thunderstorm
6) Vampire
7) Turn the Page
8) Prophecy
9) The Journey
10) Stuck (Bonus Track)

Added: February 5th 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Khallice Web Site
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Language: english

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Khallice: The Journey
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-02-05 17:40:10
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Talk about wearing your influences on your sleeve! Brazil's Khallice make no bones about their love of Dream Theater on their Magna Carta debut The Journey, an otherwise fine album of melodic and technical progressive metal. The first thing that hits you is the strong lead vocals of Alirio Netto, who sounds eerily similar to James LaBrie, and once you have gotten past that the intricate guitar, keyboard, and rhythmic intensity slams right into you. Not lacking as far as melodies and instrumental fireworks go, The Journey features one mini-epic after another, all highly progressive and heavy, but not overly so. While the guitar riffs of Marcelo Barbosa have a rough edge, he never dives into excessive riff-o-rama, instead dropping in the riffs when necessary and relying more on wild melody lines and groove-laden hard rock passages. Keyboard player Bruno Wambier keeps pretty busy himself with lots of synth, piano, and organ textures, but sadly is buried somewhat in the mix in spots. It's when he comes to the forefront for a scalding duet with Barbosa, like on "I've Lost My Faith", that he really stands out.

Progressive metal fans will love the intelligent and dramatic "Spiritual Jewel", which contains some great guitar parts to go along with Netto's soaring and screaming vocals. The bombastic prog of "Wrong Words" is supplemented nicely by bubbly keyboards and the tight rhythm section of bassist Michel Marciano and drummer Cesar Zolhof, and overall this piece has an appealing Rush-meets-Dream Theater feel to it. Other high energy numbers include "Prophecy", "Thunderstorm", and the wild "Vampire". Plus you can't go wrong with the driving and highly memorable title track, which also is filled in with plenty of crazy solos spots from Barbosa.

Along with the latest from both Age of Nemesis and Anthropia, Khallice's The Journey is proof that Magna Carta is back on the map when it comes to symphonic progressive metal.

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