CRISTIANO’S FILIPPINI’S FLAMES OF HEAVEN – THE FORCE WITHIN (Limb Music / Hard Life Promotion)

Review by Officer Nice

While I’m dreaming away about better times, with a really fantastic Pop/House song, I realize I still have a lot of work to do for Metal To Infinity. Listening to the radio is often easier for me while doing the dings I really need to do in life. For Metal I need time and space, Pop music is mostly easier to catch. And no, not every Pop song is bad and yes, there are really fantastic things to discover. But my love for Metal is eternal and that’s the reason I spend most of my time listening to it. I have some kind of love/hate relationship with Italy. On the one hand I really think it is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. On the other hand, as a tourist, I’m not convinced about the sympathy of the Italian people. But let’s talk about some Italian Metal right now… 

A brand for lots of Italian Metal bands is that they are mostly epic and symphonic. The culture and history, where Italy is with all reasons so proud of, can often be heard in the compositions of these bands. Cristiano Filippini is an unknown artist to me but the front cover was enough to know what I could expect with this one. Yes, this is Epic Symphonic Power Metal! This is the kind of pure European Power Metal with all ingredients that make this genre irresistible for the fans. You don’t hear me say I’m the biggest fan but musical wise this kind is top.  

The arrangements with fast fingered keyboards, rapid bass lines, amazing guitars and technical played drums leaves any listener behind with eyes wide shut. There is so much technique in this kind of music, so much skills are needed. If you would read the biography of the main man behind this project, you should understand why some top musicians are at work here. This is art, this is pure Italian culture and although I’m a bigger fan of dark Power Metal I really appreciated this release. There is so much musicianship in it that it is almost impossible to criticize it. Fans of this kind of Metal really need to try this one out. It’s some kind of mixture between Rhapsody and Labyrinth on the one side, Stratovarius and Helloween on the other. All the time there are great things to discover and the guitars are really amazing. You’ll hear fast and powerful riffs, awesome leads, and all the things fans of guitar music demands.  

The entire band is experienced and so we can hear Michele Vioni (Vivaldi Metal Project) on the guitars, Paolo Caridi (Geoff tate’s Sweet Oblivion, David Ellefson…) on the drums and Giogio Terenziani (Arthemis) on the bass. Behind the microphone we hear Marco Pastorino (Temperance, Even Flow, The Ritual…).  All are responsible for this highlight in this specific Metal genre. Ow yes, in this particular kind of Metal “The force within” really is a goodie, even a masterpiece. It’s orchestral, it is melodic and it contains lots of power. Here and there you’ll even discover some traditional Hard Rock and the new sound of AOR and it all works for me. . Check it out at http://www.cristianofilippini.com/flamesofheaven Order/Stream at: https://limb-music.com/

My rating: 89/100 (Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it)

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