Adagio - Underworld
Nothing to Say 2003
is the second CD from Adagio. This band led by guitarist Stephan FortÚ
surprises me for the second time. When their first CD 'Sanctus Ignis' was
released I was immediately hoping for a second one.
Now it's almost three years later and this new album didn't disappoint me
are some changes this time, out is Richard Andersson of Majestic/Time
Requiem fame and in is young keyboardist Kevin Codfert. Also musically
there are some changes. The first big influence is John Williams,
secondly extreme metal bands like Dimmu Borgir.
how sounds this CD, will many of you ask. Is the heavier side of Adagio,
on and find out.
album starts with 'Next Profundis', an up-tempo neo-classical song
with instead of electronic keyboards, piano sounds. This song also
has a nice piano interlude.
is sort of an intro for 'Solvet Saeclum in Favilla'. This intro is a
great choir part with symphonic sounds. Thundering timpanies, drums and
violins guide you to the next song. After 2.30 minutes the real song
singing and great guitar work feature in this song. In the mix I
also think to hear an oboe.
starts with pounding drums and flashy guitars. Overall this song is slower
than previous songs. Though this is still an up-tempo one. It features a
great keyboard and piano solo. Again David sings his ass off at this one.
piano tingeling introduces 'From my sleep... to someone else'. It later
descends into heavier orchestra sounds. Heavy guitar and organ playing
takes over. And then... Adagio turns black metal? Only for nine seconds.
Terrific death metal style drumming and the growling voice of RMS Hreimarr,
singer of black metal band 'Anorexia Nervosa'. This mid tempo song also
has a great guitar solo in Symphony X style. 'From my sleep... to someone
else' ends with the same piano sound as in the beginning of the song.
longest song is the title song 'Underworld', it clocks about thirteen
minutes. Introduced by symphonic sounds and a choir it fades into
some great piano playing. The singing is superb and in the entire song
you'll hear the symphony orchestra and the choir for extra effect.
ballad of this album is 'Promises'. This is one of the softest songs on 'Underworld'
but it gives you some time to catch your breath again. After all the power
of the other songs.
mirror stage' is a midtempo song with great keyboard work. And in the end
RMS Hreimarr growls some more.
CD ends with 'Niflheim', this instrumental song was already featured in
demo version on the European pressing of 'Sanctus Ignis' as a bonus track.
But this time it's twice as long and sounds much better. A worthy track to
end this CD.
together this CD is very good. The addition of the Avignon Symphony
Orchestra and the Ensemble vocal de Lyon add something special to the
songs. The production credits are this time shared by Stephan and Dennis
Ward, and I think it's a great production. All the instruments are clear
in the mix.
All the musicians are
great. David's vocals are superb, Dirk's drumming is stunning,
Franck's bass work is outstanding, Kevin's keyboard sounds are wizardy and
finally Stepan's guitar work and song writing is outstanding.
the CD is heavier than it's predecessor it didn't annoy me at all. The
heaviness just makes it more powerful. Really recomended for everyone who
loves Symphony X style neo-classical metal.