Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Thrash/Speed Metal Manticora fourth release, Hyperion, is based on the science fiction novel of the same name by author Dan Simmons. Like the last two releases (Roots of Eternity and Darkness With Tales to Tell) from this Danish band plays epic power metal with some fast paced, heavy riffing. Manticora approach is similar to bands like Eldritch, Enertia, and Valleys Eve due to the heavy thrash and progressive touches. Manticora now add new guitarist Martin Arendal and new bassist Kasper Gram (ex-Wuthering Heights) to the line-up of Hyperion. Several of the dozen tracks ("Filaments of Armageddon", "Keeper of Time Eternal Champion", "Cantos", "A Long Farewell", and "Loveternaloveternal") run over seven minutes in length but never become boring or stagnant. The vocals of Lars Larsen are powerful and unique, somewhat of a cross between Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass, ex-Memento Mori) and Urban Breed (Tad Morose). Once again Manticora have delivered one of the heaviest, thrashiest, and most epic power metal discs of the year. JAPANESE VERSION with bonus track (FUTURE WORLD)
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