4,5 / 5
"The guitar lines are some of the best you'll hear. ALTAIR definitely sticks to their Power Metal roots; most every song here gallops from the gate … also made the significant move to make more intricate … interesting, progressive Metal … easily recommended."
9 / 10
"If you’re looking for your average pop-song-mentality flower Metal band who sing about rainbows and dragons, you’ve knocked on the wrong castle door. ALTAIR are here to challenge the edges of Power Metal with their supreme songwriting chops, and 'Descending: A Devilish Comedy' is the expansive beast the genre needs."
(The Metal Observer)
9 / 10
"We can only bowing in front of the bands's capable of composing works of great value and placing particular attention on each part. The compositional wonder of Power Prog Metal in 2017!"
18 / 20
"After two listens this feels like an album that will need more plays to truly unravel - and it’s going to get them."
8,5 / 10
"With the microphone in the hands of the good Simone Mala, interpretative and bloodthirsty vocalist of the breed, and the technical evolution of his companions, 'Descending: A Devilish Comedy' will accompany you into the world of elegant and melodic Power Metal in the most traditional sense of a term between Gamma Ray and Stratovarius, Helloween and Sonata Arctica and with a touch of Progressive Metal, wherein Symphony X are the absolute masters."
(In Your Eyes)
8,3 / 10
"… a very good album …"
80 / 100
"… will make lovers of the genres Power & Prog happy , but could also attract the attention of anyone who looks at the genre just for curiosity … a good job that deserves to be supported …"
8 / 10
"Another Italian band who synthesize American Progressive Metal and European power to create something engaging on a cerebral and aural plane – ALTAIR will slot nicely for those disappointed in the current lack of new Symphony X material these days."
7,5 / 10
"… somewhere between Symphony X, Masterplan, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica … this is how Power Metal must sound today …"
7,5 / 10
"… Power / Prog tailored to please fans of names such as Angra, Sonata Arctica, Symphony X and Time Machine's countrymen … filled with virtuosity, epic mood, pleasant melodies, good keyboard lines and influences from classical music, all done flawlessly … has everything to please the most fanatic of the style."
(A Música Continua A Mesma)
7,25 / 10
"There is quality at these Italians …"
7 / 10
"… a strong album. Musicians will love it, but people who like bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X or Rhapsody and consorts will also enjoy it."
"… very good …"
Descending: A Devilish Comedy
When the Italians published their exquisite debut album "Lost Eden" in October 2013, the POWER METAL world listened abruptly.
Finally, ALTAIR, founded in 2008, debuted with all-around high-quality material, which bundles all the virtues of the genre. An abundance of enthusiastic reviews was the deserved result.
But otherwise, the heavily ambitious authors were able to score on a wide range, which resulted in a large number of followers and enthusiasts who loyally respect the guys.
For the second album "Descending: A Devilish Comedy", the sextet from Ferrara succeeded in optimizing the exciting, pretty progressive overall sound.
The new compositions shoot themselves liquid-virtuosic as also metallic-cheering in varied wise into the ears.
And there is no lack of punctual pressure, high-rising epic, or skillfully elaborated melody. For the latter, all sorts of inspirations from the Classical world were given free access to the radiant sound cosmos of ALTAIR.
Keyboarder Enrico Ditta, an experienced actor at the electric organ, makes the nimble fingers dance as fast on the keys as if he stands under high voltage.
His not infrequently solemnly, theatrical performance is integrated with the perfection of a Swiss clockwork into every nuance of the tracks.
Noble guitar duels, gloriously harmonious leads and ecstatic drumming make the wonderfully organic sounding disc a real jewel in the field of tastefully and aesthetically oriented Power Metal.
The fact that the new, great animating discus has definitely the content for a classic, is proved song by song. Example compliant? The inevitably overwhelming number "Flame Of Knowledge" testifies to the outstanding flair of the formation for the highest, timeless class.
Even vocalist Simone Mala can do anything. He covers on "Descending: A Devilish Comedy" the whole range of possibilities with his far outstanding, multi-mutable voice.
Master Mala, always animated by frenetic fervor to the marrow, completes every single song to a real, delightful experience. From massive-voluminous over full-bodied expression, to siren-like passages, the man can just sing as few!
With their compositional and instrumental mastery performances and the high level of playing culture, ALTAIR raise more than subtle reminiscences on the early works of the famous Brazilians of Angra or the countrymen Rhapsody. A powerful fact, which should provide positive inner unrest among connoisseurs and gourmets of the metier.
The official release date for "Descending: A Devilish Comedy" is June, 30th 2017.
June 30th, 2017
1. Descending (1:05)
2. Path Of Worms (4:05)
3. Limbo (4:18)
4. Seven (6:31)
5. Godless (4:00)
6. Seed Of Violence (4:28)
7. Flame Of Knowledge (5:28)
8. Frozen Graves (4:40)
9. A Lesson Before Ascending (6:11)
total: 40:46 min.
Simone Mala - Lead Vocals
Luca Scalabrin - Bass & Vocals
Gianmarco Bambini - Lead Guitar
Albert Marshall - Lead Guitar
Enrico Ditta - Keyboards
Simone Caparrucci - Drums
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