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A new name for connoisseurs of neo-classical metal to get excited about.

This is a new name for connoisseurs of neo-classical metal to get excited about. Although the band is new, the band's lynchpin and guitarist Niels Vejlyt is a familiar name because of his two albums with Infinity Overture (drummer Jakob Vand also played with Infinity Overture). Truth be told, this is pretty similar to those records. The first Infinity Overture record 'Kingdom Of Utopia' that had Ian Parry singing on was the stronger of the two and had the power to take you on its journey to far off lands and fantasy. The follow up saw Parry being replaced by both Kimmie Tenna Nielsenon and Vejlyt himself on vocals, a slightly heavier guitar approach and more power metal elements that didn't make for such a cohesive record. Sages Recital falls somewhere in between those two records. There's another new singer in the form of the instantly recognisable John West who has sung for Royal Hunt and Artension. His voice fits the music and suggests Vejlyt isn't prepared to stand still but is striving to lift his music to the next level and you sense the change of the band name is part of this.

There are only seven songs but some tracks are fairly lengthy and the record manages to clock up fifty-three minutes so you don't feel short changed. There are showy neo-classical guitar showcases here such as on the opener 'The Power Within' and instrumental track 'The Last Unicorn' that would interest Yngwe Malmsteen fans. There are in fact two instrumentals on the record which some might baulk at but they work reasonably well, especially 'The Dead Of Winter' which has some decent plaintive moments as well as the more overblown approach elsewhere on the disc.

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One thing the record would have benefited from is a little less reliance on a double bass drum that goes on incessantly in the background throughout. It results in some of the dynamics of the songs being lost. The symphonic metal ballad 'Immortal Flame' includes female vocals (Anne Karine Pripp who also guested with Infinity Overture) as well as West, and its slower delivery makes it easier to follow the narrative and get involved in the song. The harpsichord intro again is reminiscent of some of the finer aspects of the first Infinity Overture record. However it's the lengthy closing song, weighing in at the fifteen minute mark, 'The Last Battle' that has a wide screen feel that captures the essence of the cover art where a man is riding on horseback away from his castle, over the snow, to a dark forest where a dragon circles above.

If the aural equivalent of such a thing is for you, then this record, in places, will tickle your fancy.

Duncan Jamieson

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