Thursday, May 18, 2017

REVIEW : SECRET SPHERE -- The Nature of Time (2017)

Secret Sphere is back in music business with their, already, ninth full-length album. "The Nature Of Time" is entitled the band's newest opus and after my first spin I have to say that I like it a lot! Since their creation Secret Sphere achieved to build a strong reputation around their name and a strong base among the fans of the melodic progressive/power metal scene.

The addition of the multi-talented singer Michele Luppi (also currently serving as keyboardist and background vocalist for the legendary hard rock act, Whitesnake) in 2012 took the whole band into a higher level.

"What can I say about this album? We spent a few months writing songs in a way that opened the doors to our new age of heavy rock...definitely a new beginning for each member of the band, a new approach that got inspired by the concept of the album itself. It's not easy to open and talk about love and kindness. We chose the most direct way, no masks, only passion, energy and light guided each note leaving any kind of fear behind. Eventually, with time, we became US, not individuals...THIS IS US. Some of these songs earned a very special place in my heart," concludes singer Michele Luppi.

To be honest here, I'm really impressed by Secret Sphere with "The Nature Of Time". They took their sound to a next level and that's a thing that can be heard of in every single moment here. The orchestrations are bigger, the melodies are simply breathtaking, the choruses are strong enough to make you whistle them for days and Luppi's vocal performances are awesome, as always.

"The Nature Of Time" is for sure a very mature record, and one of the best that this band has ever recorded, that includes a bunch of some really impressive tunes in it. "The Calling", "Love" with the fantastic AOR-ish pinches, the up-lifting "Courage", the beautiful ballad of "Kindness" and the technical "Reliance " are just magical moments that can't be missed by anyone who loves the hard rock music in general.

Rating : 9/10

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