Mistheria is a Metal, Classical and New Age band from L’Aquila, Italy. The band consists of Mistheria (one man band). and guests.
Over the years that I have been listening to music, I have come to appreciate a lot of it. When I first heard Rock and Metal doing classical music back in the day of the 70s, I was intrigued by it, as I used to watch the BBC Proms when I was a kid, and I got to knew some of the pieces of music that some of these bands were playing. And over the years more and more bands were looking to Classical music for inspiration. When I got older and delved into both Rock and Classical genres of music and the way I see it, most of these composers such as Beethoven, Paganini and Mozart were rock stars of their time. And I could see why some of these Rock and Metal musicians were bringing out albums, EP’s etc, as both genres have a similar structures to them.
In the last few years I have noticed a quite a few musicians of the Rock and Metal world bringing out said albums, with such artists as Wolf Hoffmann with his Headbangers Symphony, and some YouTube stars such as 331 Erock covering William Tells Overture, and there is Classical musicians going into the Metal genre with such bands as Apocalyptica and 2Cellos.
Now, when I came across Mistheria a few weeks ago, I was thinking OK, this guy is a solo artist as he plays Keyboards, Keytar, Piano and Organ. Over the years he has play with some big named Metal musicians such as, Bruce Dickinson, Roy Z and many others.
When I received the Gemini album the other week, I didn’t know what to expect from Mistheria or the album. Before I did any sort of research, like I do with every review that I do, I play the music first to get the vibe of it, to get an idea of what the album or EP is about, as I don’t want to be influenced by any other reviews etc. As I want to give an honest opinion to what I think of the album or EP that I review.
As I listened to the Gemini album, on and off for the last week or so I have to say that I am impressed with what Mistheria has done on the album. He is one hell of a keyboardist and musician. When I have listened to certain tracks off the album – quite a few are classical compositions – he can arrange them and turn them into Metal masterpieces. The one track I like is Flight Of The Bumble Bee, in fact its one of my favourites off the album.
The tracks that I like or I found interesting are: Hands Of Fire, Angels In The Shadow, Flight Of The Bumble Bee, Moonlight Sonata, Air The Day After, Devil’s Step, Prog-Fantasy, Falling Stars I found interesting, because its one of those tracks, where you could turn around and say it is a guilty pleasure, as it has that chillout factor. My Dear Chopin, Asturias shows off Mistheria’s prowess on the piano at the beginning and continues with the keyboards. Metal Piano Sonata opus 13 is the longest track on the album by far at over nine minutes and is another favourite track off the album.
Another track that is one of favourites is Prog-Fantasy, as this takes me back to the 70s when I really started to listen to Rock and Metal. Overall, this album kicks ass. This album takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey, as it has highs, with the soaring in your face guitars, and lows with the chillout tracks such as Falling Stars.
Well, if you like Classical music and the Metal genre, and you like the two combined, or you want to explore something that you haven’t heard before, then you will love the Gemini album by Mistheria. I would highly recommend that you go and check out Mistheria on his Facebook page.
I would give Mistheria and the album Gemini a 4.5 out of 5 for an exciting album.
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