As anyone who follows metal knows, Brazil has produced some great bands and has an active metal scene. After an extended hiatus since 2012, Prelúdio X from Recife, Brazil have released Triunfo da Vida which is actually re-recorded tracks from a 2009 project Origem with their new lineup.
I do question by bands feel the need for intro tracks that are not full on band instrumentals, especially on an ep, but Triunfo Da Vida opens up with Gênesis, a moody atmospheric keyboard piece that has some waves crashing or thunder in the background. The full band portion of the ep starts with “Origem” and from the opening riff and keyboards establishes this as being within power metal. From a production standpoint, everything is clear but the Portuguese vocals a bit muted. Within power metal, guitars and vocals are really the components of the sound that stand out and in this case, the guitars are more prominent due to the quieter mix on the vocals. Musically, “Origem” has a nice flow as one would expect in a power metal song and there are some brief guitar flourishes that add interesting elements, but they do seem a bit abrupt and short. Continue reading »