Avantasia, Stratovarius, Rhapsody of Fire, Genius: A Rock Opera
April 16, 2021
Symphonic Progressive Metal
Back in the late 1970’s, David Coverdale wrote the line: “I love the blues, they tell my story, if you don’t feel it you can never understand”. The same can be said for fantasy and even more so when fantasy is combined with metal and that is exactly what Giotopia have done with their third album ‘Trinity of Evil’.
For ‘Trinity of Evil’, this is an album which rises and falls with superb power metal melodies coupled with the hammering of heavy metal and pomp and ceremony of symphonic metal; coupled with a decent production, it makes for a very comfortable and enjoyable listen. Yet, this isn’t your stereotypical fantasy album of swords and sorcery; what the listener gets here is a complex story of the realm of Giotopia that flares with the power of the Wars of the Roses and the back-stabbing drama of ‘Game of Thrones’ that drags the listener in and implores them to continue. Musically, this sits quite comfortably without moving beyond its comfort zone. The plaudits here not only go band leader Gio Smet, but the cast of vocalists such as Apollo Papathanasio, Kelly Thans and Sara Vanderheyden, who’s warm and accessible timbres are inviting and at times border upon moving as raw emotion is poured into every note appealing to fans of Avantasia.
‘Trinity of Evil’ doesn’t really offer anything that fans of power metal haven’t heard before; but dig beneath this and the listener will find that the world of Giotopia is as enrapturing and enticing as any Tolkien, Martin or Rowling novel.
the world of Giotopia is enrapturing and enticing
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