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Orion Riders - 2003 A New Dawn

Joe Lombardo - vocals
Antonello Condorelli - guitars
Riccardo Failla - guitars
Carmelo Siracusa - bass
Tony Zappa - drums and keyboards

Lion Music have definitely branched out by signing this Italian melodic metal band. Quite a departure from Lion's usual style, Orion Riders mix parts of Angra and Dark Moor, with the odd dash of Helloween and Kamelot (they are nowhere near the Helloween clones as some have suggested). I'm a little concerned that these guys originate from Sicily!!! What happens if I give them a bad review? My worries faded fast after having a listen to 'A New Dawn'!

The Songs
One aspect of many Italian melodic metal bands that lets them down are the vocals. Orion Rider have no problems in that department. Joe Lombardo is first rate, though he could have been brought further to the front of the mix. A number of the band members are Angra fans and the influence is clear. Any fans of Angra will find plenty to like on 'A New Dawn'. And as with their Brazillian counterparts, Orion Riders combine speed with a ton of melody, tasty shredding and an awareness of when things need to slow down a notch. The album clocks in at 41 minutes, a little short for a melodic metal album, and of the 9 tracks on offer, 3 are instrumentals, leaving only 6 fully fledged songs. A little disappointing from a 'value for money' point of view, but in terms of quality the 6 full songs are very good, especially the title track which showcases both Joe and Orion Rider's talents.

In Summary
There isn't much to fault except for the amount of songs and if I was being really picky, the production needs some more balls, but otherwise is good. Fans of Angra and Dark Moor will eat this up, and want to come back for seconds.

Track Listing:
01 In Memory
02 Whispers
03 A New Dawn
04 Leave The Shades Behind
05 Lacrimae Angeli
06 Light And Dark
07 Life's Best Days
08 Nocturne
09 Old Symphony

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