Resenha Turn of the Lights Review

In general I turn my back on solo projects that don’t have the words “Lance” or “King” on them. Yet given the opportunity to talk to Andre Matos for another magazine that doesn’t pay me, I checked out his third effort The Turn Of The Lights and was pleasantly surprised. If you’re craving the quality of Angra or Shaman, save yourself the disappointment. If you’re sick of Symfonia, but not of Matos, you may find this more to your liking.

Being only briefly exposed to Time To Be Free and Mentalize, I can nevertheless say the successor sounds a lot less power metal-ish. Matos still doesn’t skimp on the melodies, but the riffs aren’t always as bouncy and adventurous as you’d expect from a Brazilian outfit with the likes of Hugo Mariutti on guitars. There’s a more commercial appeal to this, and at the same time it feels a little more progressive. The end result is light and effective, if not terribly complicated.

Firecrackers such as opener “Liberty” and “Course Of Life” had me back singing “Someday I’m gone away with nothing but my PRIIIDE!”, because I don’t know the words to these yet. However, for every up tempo track (other noteworthy examples include “Stop!” and “Light-Years”) there is a quieter tune. “The Turn Of The Lights” draws you in with its very simple hook line, and “On Your Own” almost feels like a hybrid of Angra and Kamelot. “Oversoul” and “White Summit” are slow climbing songs, build around Matos’ soaring croon, as are ballads “Gaza” and “Sometimes”. The album is fairly top-heavy, so attention may drop as it goes on.

André Matos may never commit to another big time gig again, but at least his voice still lives on in his solo band. Considering the mishaps with Timo Tolkki in the past, and the solidity of The Turn Of The Lights, that may not be such a bad thing. Besides, there’s always Avantasia. Recommended for fans.

Arno’s rating: 3.5 out of 5


About Janus

Janus Aureus is my recently-inaugurated personal blog (written in portuguese, but with some texts in english as well). Fiore Rouge is my old (but still very active - in fact, more than Janus :P) blog (I started it back in 2005). Mentalize is a fan-made website (since 2005). if you wish to contact me for any reason, visit my blog and leave a comment OR see email above (top left) - no, my name's not Andre - actually, I'm not even a guy! LOL Long story... O Janus Aureus é meu blog pessoal - escrito em português - ainda sem muito conteúdo, pois foi começado no final de dezembro de 2011. Já o Mentalize foi aberto em 2005 e está escrito em várias línguas *rs* Privilegio o uso do inglês ali porque o pessoal estrangeiro não tem muitas informações sobre o AM. Quem quiser entrar em contato comigo por qualquer motivo, deixe um comentário nos meus blogs ou use o email que está aí em cima à esquerda (e não, eu não sou o Andre - aliás, sou mulher!).

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