10 / 10
"Power Metal with powerful riffs and progressive touches, with spectacular keyboards, undoubtedly a great disc …"
(Mother Of Power Metal)
10 / 10
"Overall, Heavy Power Metal, catchy and addictive with a unique signature sound, that makes ALTAIR stand out, and a band to watch out for."
(Metal Gods TV)
9,5 / 10
"'Descending: A Devilish Comedy' stands out going beyond the rest. A lot of technique, well composed songs and diversity, plus incredible vocals make the album one of the best of the year."
(Metal Na Lata)
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!"
9 / 10
"… an excellent album which takes the Melodic Power Metal sound ALTAIR had established on their debut and adds in some extra heaviness and a more progressive direction, to help set itself apart more from the competition … is sure to please fans of Prog and Power Metal looking for something a bit heavier and more guitar driven than the norm."
(My Global Mind)
9 / 10
"… I really enjoyed listening to this album from beginning to start … and I also really recommend it to people that love Power- and Progressive Metal. Great album!"
9 / 10
"… a graceful group … guitars are out of the ordinary with a variety of riffs and solos that have nothing to envy geniuses such as YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ROB JOHNSON or MICHAEL ROMEO … with double harmonies, direct heirs of the best CRIMSON GLORY … 'Descending: A Devilish Comedy' is almost perfect."
(The Metal Spirit)
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."
18 / 20
"… full of interesting songs …"
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."
8 / 10
"... ALTAIR serve us here an album full of fresh and refreshing sounding Power Metal, unfolding itself epic, bursts and goes well in the ear ..."
8 / 10
"ALTAIR serve rhythmic subtleties, epic song structures and hymnic songs ... 'Descending: A Devilish Comedy' is really timeless in all aspects.."
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)
7,5 / 10
"… nice refrain patterns and guitar duels …"
(World Of Metal)
7,5 / 10
"… a suspiciously atmospheric, track-wise absolute powerful genre album ... friends of progressive Power Metal - who likes to be a bit less classic, gloomy and not so anthem-heavy - will be happy with ALTAIR."
72 / 100
"… made with passion and energy, very timely and interesting in its global concept. Recommended for lovers of this kind …"
3,5 / 5
" … with 'Descending: A Devilish Comedy', ALTAIR stripped themselves with the most powerful Power Metal to steer sharply towards Prog-Power lenses … a record that will surely please fans of this particular hybrid musical genre."
(All Around Metal)
73 / 100
"ALTAIR delivers a solid Power Metal product that is quite American in terms of strength, technology and production."
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."
7 / 10
"… shows how the Italian Prog Metal is still far from being set aside for experience."
7 / 10
"… very, very innovative. 'Descending: A Devilish Comedy' is ALTAIRS’s second album, and is a conceptual journey through some of the darkest parts of our minds. These nine tracks demonstrate the band’s complete capabilities; not only soaring vocals, stratospheric guitar leads, and high flying melodies on the keys, but also deep, heavy riffs that dig deep into the mud and root themselves in your mind. Bang your head all you want, but you can’t dislodge them once they have clawed into your brain …"
7 / 10
"Mainly following the footsteps of SYMPHONY X, the rhythm, in conjunction with the pronouncements of singer Simone Mala, also gives joyous memories of ELDRITCH as well as IVANHOE. The melodic richness from the guitarist's hands of Gianmarco Bambini and Albert Marshall, as well as the fingerprints of keyboarder Enrico Ditta, could also add a few drops of pleasure for ROYAL HUNT addicts."
7 / 10
"… serious musicians … the structure of the album is professionally … there's plenty to admire …"
3 / 5
"ALTAIR definitely know what they are doing. You will also be rewarded with a thick, powerful sound, which will play the listeners on the wall, if this has not already been done by the guitar solos."
"… very good …"
"Power Metallers ALTAIR … delight any Metal fan … powerful, impressive, and downright fun! The instrumentals and vocal chords play off one another so well it is uncanny as to just how well it works out … just a superb job."
"I do not know if they are more leaning on Power or Progressive … inside the album you will find other items to shake your mind … that counts and I have to congratulate them … one of the few albums that will keep interest …"
"Very hard hitting with a superb vocal performance … a glorious gallop of Power Metal."
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.
Official release date for "Descending: A Devilish Comedy": 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
Gianmarco Bambini - Lead Guitar
Albert Marshall - Lead Guitar
Luca Scalabrin - Bass & Vocals
Enrico Ditta - Keyboards
Simone Caparrucci - Drums
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