Lineage has eight tracks of epic/progressive metal with melodies inspired from Balkan music combining an interesting contrast of strong clean vocals and harsh death metal, delivering each song story with passion and fury that captures the imagination the listener. “Eternal Oath” opens up this conceptual album, setting the stage with fast neoclassical keys accompanied with sonic guitar patterns. A powerhouse drum tempo drives the song forward into a bombastic battle with well mixed guttural growls accenting throughout. A haunting beginning welcomes the listener on “Laugh At The Tsar” which rapidly spins into a thrashing speed tempo-reigning explosive vocals and rage. Midway through the song classical harpsichord/mandolin changes things up, then drops into a midtempo-heavy metal melody
(adding a cool dynamic to the song) ascending back to the songs original form. Smooth synthesizers give way to galloping rhythm on “Barbarian” weaving a tale of ancient warriors battling extreme elements and conquering enemy armies. The music has catchy choruses combined with intense synthesizer/guitar lead trade-offs, ending in an epic melodic opus leading perfectly onto the fourth track “Soldiers Lament”. Thick and brooding with grandiose chorus chants packed with a swaggering rhythm section, mixed with an interesting dark melancholy and bright epic swings. Excellent tempo changes within explosive guitar /keyboard runs full of adrenaline and excitement work well with the fantastic lyrics.
“Loremaster pt 1” and pt2 delivers a one-two punch midway through the album demonstrating Scythias’ extremely talented musicianship blending all they have to offer into a precise well written manner. Celine Derval delivers an enchanting vocal in part two ,adding to the songs rich soundscape. A sense of foreboding battle begins with “The Sacrifice”, ready to pounce into a sweet blend of melodic power metal and extreme metal all at once. I really enjoy the headbanging drum rhythm midpoint which executes on point, keeping the song interesting, slam dancing into a sonic death metal finale. The album’s title track closes out the album, conveying a feel of closure yet victorious; in mankind’s need for change.
Anyone that has an interest in this genre of metal will truly embrace it and enjoy the many musical dynamics that lineage has to offer. Even those that distain from epic power metal will be surprised to find many appealing aspects on this disc that gels well together transporting the mind to a forlorn time - through exquisite musicianship and modern production.
Dave Khan – Guitars/Vocals
AJ Bergin – Guitars/harsh-vox
Terry Savage – Bass/harsh-vox
Celine Derval – Drums/Vocals
Arys Iberian – Keybords
I rate this album 8.5/10 bloodied swords high \m/