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The Last Reign: With many pitfalls, challenges and hurdles….

The Last Reign - Evolution

The band The Last Reign states, «After 4 years, many pitfalls, challenges and hurdles the album Evolution is finally out. Thank you to everyone that has been with me along the way and to all the new fans we’ve made as well. Special thanks to Mendel Bij De Leij (Mixing/Mastering), Andy Gillion (Guest Guitar Solo), Mike Mallory (Session Bass), Bryan Szymecki (Orchestral Arrangements) and Subterranean Audio (Tracking)».

Metal has long had a deep-rooted affection for science fiction, and nowhere is this clearer than in melodic death metal. While the genre is still very much an active part of the future, there are still many that long for the dizzying heights of the 90s, where melodeath evolved into a formidable beast. Speaking of evolution, one such group who bring back that same excitement of the 90s are The Last Reign, whose second album Evolution spins a grandiose tale of a concept album, four years in the making. The track No Horizon,

Each of the members are veterans in and out of their native Buffalo, New York metal scene. Vocalist Adam Svensson brings a melodeath pedigree from Fireborn and Dragonwind, while guitarist Brian Platter, bassist Joe Maggio, and drummer Vince Mayer add a wealth of knowledge from rock, punk, and metal – including local metalcore legends Herod in Platter’s case. Even though three quarters of the lineup are new to the band as of 2019, the guys have gelled together seamlessly, as can be heard across Evolution’s 55-minute runtime. The track Ironclad Torment,

Leading his merry band, Platter is a whirlwind of earworm melodies and riffs that draw from his (and the rest of the band’s) clear love of 90s melodeath. Let this not be seen as a clone of those that came before, though – this is appreciation not appropriation. There is plenty of diversity within the confines of the genre, as well; The Hourglass delves into proggy realms, while No Horizon zips off into the distance, Mors Principium Est’s Andy Gillion at the helm to deliver a frenetic solo. Ironclad Torment and Evolution Of A Dying Race, meanwhile, highlight one of the band’s other strengths, which are thundering breakdowns and scream-along choruses amply aided by the punchy drumming. Svensson’s vocals sit pretty atop the mix, a blend of In Flames’ high shrieks (circa first four records) and Soilwork’s lows that weave Evolution’s narrative.

It goes deeper than the music, however. In the band’s own words, the record is about the world’s resources being long depleted sending the human race on a quest for an uncertain future. While this album can certainly be enjoyed on its own, those who wish to dive further into the plot can enjoy the Evolution’s novelization by lyricist and ex-vocalist Mike Marlinski, entitled Evolution Of A Dying Race. In any case, The Last Reign are proof that melodeath of the old school is alive and well, with a widescreen vision and maturity that befits the individual members’ experience.

The Last Reign are:

 Adam Svensson – vocals

Brian Platter – guitars

Joe Maggio – bass

Vince Mayer – drums

Track listing:

1. Genesis

2. Evolution of a Dying Race

3. Annihilation of the Ancients

4. Ironclad Torment

5. The Hourglass

6. Fallen Dark

7. No Horizon

8. Terminal Threshold

9. The Storm

10. Devoid

11. Luminosity

12. Architects of Genocide

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (5219 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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