Adagio

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Country France
Added By Mike
13 years ago
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2001-2017 Metal
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8.2 x5
Orchestral Neo Classical Prog Power Metal
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11 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, nobody rates it lower. 8 users think it is prog, nobody thinks it is merely related to prog and nobody thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 37 studio tracks by Adagio.
Track durations range from 2m 28s to 13m 25s, averaging at 6m 02s with a standard deviation of 2m 12s.
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
AdagioMyspace.com - Dominate 2005
8.5
Symphonic Neo Classical Prog Power Metal
Here's the story: while doing some shopping downtown with my better half, I decided to check out the metal section of one of the local record stored, like I've done so many times before, while she went to pick-up something in the Illum department store. I immediately went to the discount section in the metal department of the record store, knowing that that they have some ridiculously cheap things there. I found this release by Adagio in that section. Now, a band name like Adagio made me suspect that this would either be an extremely cheesy power metal release or a progressive metal release with instrument-wanking galore. I thought "what the hell, it's not like it's expensive" and bought the CD. I've done this numerous time before - bought a ridiculously cheap release by a band that was completely unknown to me - and I've burnt my fingers, but I've also had some really positive surprises.

So were my expectations met?

Yes and no. "Dominate" turns out to be a release that combines power metal and progressive/symphonic metal, but, fortunately, it's a best-of-both-worlds situation. There are some cheesy elements, to be sure, and a lot of instrument-wankery. However, this is neatly wrapped in heavy, thrashy, or groovy guitar riffs. The guitars actually have a very dark sound and feel to them which adds a ... -> show full review
Comment by PowerWyrm 9 years ago
AdagioMyspace.com - Archangels In Black 2009
8.2
Neo Classical Prog Metal
This time the band took a step back and added less harsh vocals to their still recognizable sound. A strong release, but still miles away from their first two albums.
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Review by Mike 13 years ago <Permalink>
AdagioMyspace.com - Underworld 2003
8.7
Orchestral Neo Classical Prog Power Metal
Summary: This is a masterpiece. A perfect blend of prog metal with an agressive edge and classical music. It's really different from bands like Rhapsody who try to create the impression that there is a fully fledged orchestra playing. Although Adagio also do this occasionally, they mainly use piano and strings/synth/effects which create a rich, polyphonic experience. Usually there are one guitar, one pianist and underlying strings - and of course the bass and vocals.

I won't mention each song here - they are all really outstanding, not at all derivative of bands like Symphony X and Dream Theater. Many rhythmic extravaganzas, purely classical piano interludes by maestro Andersson and stunning guitar solos by Mr. Forte. What I like most about this album is the diversity of the songs which at the same time really work as a whole, every little melody seems to be vital, nothing uncalled-for or forced. The vocals are more than a match for the best vocalist of the genre - namely Russell Allen of Symphony X.
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Sanctus Ignis 2001
 #1

8.4 x6
Prog Metal
Underworld 2003
 #2

8.1 x7
Orchestral Neo Classical Prog Metal
Archangels In Black 2009
 #3

8.1 x6
Neo Classical Prog Power Metal
Dominate 2005
 #4

8.0 x4
Symphonic Neo Classical Prog Power Metal
Life 2017
 #5

8.5 x1
Prog Metal
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