Released February 18th 2011 on Lion Music
Daniele Liverani’s melodic progressive metal outfit Twinspirits have wasted no time in building on the success of “The Forbidden City” with their third opus “Legacy”. Having spent time on the road in support of album number 2 the band are well oiled and it shows on this new release which sees the band build ever further on their signature brand of prog metal.
“Legacy” marks the second album of vocalist Göran Nyström in the band, and his voice delivers another commanding performance over the material penned by band mastermind and keyboardist Daniele Liverani. Guitarist Tommy Ermolli takes a heavier role this time round whilst the rhythm section of bassist Alberto Rigoni and drummer Dario Ciccioni hold down the complex patterns with precision and the whole package is wrapped up in a powerful clear production.
“Legacy” sees the band deliver a cohesive set of 11 tracks split into the two distinct areas. The first 6 tracks are perhaps amongst the most accessible and commercial songs the band have penned to date with each offering its own sound. Opening 8 minute “Senseless” sets the scene nicely with strong riffs and melodies. “Pay For Their Art” is an ode to those don’t see how downloading music is killing the metal scene for hundreds of bands. “Blind Soul” is heavy with good riffs and shows Nyström’s lower register voice to good effect, fans of Oliver Hartmann will dig this voice. “Slave To This World” is a frantic metal assault and features some excellent drumming from Ciccioni as well as possessing an infectious chorus. The ballad “Don’t Kill Your Dreams” might be considered a little twee to some and is arguably the weakest track on offer. The balance is soon restored by “Over And Over” which sees the rhythm section come into its own with its off beat riff, this track is also a grower over repeated spins and a highlight.
The second aspect of the album comes in the form of the final 5 tracks which make up “The Endless Sleep” a 30 minute concept suite that has all you could ask for from a bona-fide prog metal band. However, the band manages to keep their focus on the song being the key aspect at all time. As an entity in itself this probably amongst the best thing Twinspirits have done to date and highlights come throughout this 5 track segment of the album.
Musically the band don’t overkill with solos like say DT even though they have the chops to match the Americans, but Twinspirits’ focus on songs is well served making for an often more enjoyable listen from start to finish.
Daniele Liverani is well known for his grand visions (‘Genius Rock Opera’ anyone?) but with Twinspirits he seems to have found his niche, delivering creating intelligent, mature and enjoyable metal all performed to virtuoso levels by all involved.
As it stands “Legacy” ranks as the strongest Twinspirits release to date and comes highly recommended for progressive metal fans.
Rating – 96%