European power metal has become one of my favorite genres lately. Actually, power metal in general, which likely hearkens back to my childhood growing up with bands like Rainbow. At this point in the year, any power metal I review will be judged against Rise of the Hero by Iron Savior, which is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time, so there is a high standard to meet. Kalidia also have some high expectations to meet based on other bands from Italy, like Mourn in Silence and Sleeping Romance, with Sleeping Romance even being somewhat similar in style.
By now, it should be obvious that Kalidia hail from Italy and more specifically the city of Lucca which is toward the western coast and a little bit north of Pisa. The band began in 2010 with Nocoletta (vocals), Federico (guitar), Alessandro (drums) and Nicola (keyboards) and the current lineup was completed in 2012 when Roberta joined to fill the bass guitar role. Late in 2012 the band released the ep “Dance of the Four Winds” to good reviews. Lies Device, which is the debut album by Kalidia was recorded in the last four months of 2013, and not long after the beginning of 2014, Alessandro left the band and Gabriele joined to take up the role of drummer. Continue reading »