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Ankhara - 2003 Sombras Del Pasado

Pacho Brea - vocals
Cecilio Sanchez-Robles - guitars and backing vocals
Antonio Pino - guitars
Victor Alonso - keyboards
Jaime Olivares - drums and percussion
Fernando Mainer - bass

Though the year is 2003, the Spanish seem to have rekindled their desire to conquer the world, the Heavy Metal world that is. Each week you hear of more and more Spanish melodic metal bands hitting the scene with the same vigor that their conquistador countrymen did all those years ago. Labels such as Vinny Records, Pies Records and Locomotive Music are doing a fine job promoting Spanish rock and metal. It is from the Locomotive stable that Ankhara rides, a band that's actually released two albums before their latest release 'Sombras Del Pasado'. Their previous albums 'Dueno del Tiempo' and 'II' are both high class traditional power metal, whereas this effort veers towards more melodic rock like fellow Spaniards Elyte with progressive touches like Royal Hunt. Though Ankhara do not have the polish of Royal Hunt, they can certainly match them in the talent stakes.

The Songs
They have the necessary qualities to go far, especially with a couple of hefty six-stringers in Cecilio and Antonio. Both can move effortlessly between blistering speed on tracks such as the heavy rockers 'Lagrimas Del Nilo' and 'El Eco De Tu Silencio' to intricate acoustic passages on the ballad 'Principio Y Fin'. Keyboardist Victor Alonso is right up there with Andre Andersen, giving a splendid performance especially on the more progressive tracks 'Ruinas Del Alma' and 'Acordes Magicos'. If there is one aspect to Ankhara that needs a little work it is vocalist Pacho Brea. He's got a good set of pipes but lacks control at times.

In Summary
As I mentioned before there is a definite upsurge of Spanish melodic metal acts making a name for themselves. If you haven't given them a spin before now, Ankhara's latest is a good place to start. There are some excellent songs on 'Sombras Del Pasado' and the choruses are memorable and catchy. Actually, what a great way to learn Spanish!!!

Track Listing:
01 Genesis
02 Ruinas Del Alma
03 Acordes Magicos
04 Busca Un Motivo
05 El Eco De Tu Silencio
06 Lagrimas Del Nilo
07 Un Dia En La Imagicion
08 Principio Y Fin
09 Mirame
10 El Mundo No Es Suficiente
11 Sombras Del Pasado
12 Mantente Firme

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