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   AHRCANA
Into The Prophecy
2003
Northwind Records
http://www.ahrcana.com


rating: 1/5

1. The Prophecy
2. The Travel
3. Gates To Realm
4. Immortal
5. We'll Reborn
6. In The Village
7. Long Life To Dark Elf
8. Tears In The Wind
9. Stormmaster
Let me start by saying that I am a power metal fan. If all the power metal bands were great I'd probably have a smile on my face for 100 years after I die. But unfortunately, there are bands that are good, bands that are mediocre, and bands that, to my liking, are below mediocre. Sadly Ahrcana are wandering somewhere along the lattest categories.

"Into The Prophecy" is a debut album from this Italian band that follows in the footsteps of Helloween, Running Wild, Blind Guardian and the like. You pretty much get the idea once you take a look at the track list. Ahrcana are seriously trying to reach some level of pomposity, but they never manage to do so. The songs are quite repetitive and the arrangements are very similar to each other, which makes the album rather boring to listen to. Luckily there are some bard-like acoustic slower parts, that in a way remind me of Blind Guardian. These parts with very mild folk influences are the best thing Ahrcana came up with since the double bass driven power metal "anthems" are mediocre at best. The lyrics are full of the obvious dragons, swords, valleys and so on. They usually don't bother me that much, if at all, but the thing with Ahrcana is that their English skills are in a vast need of improvement for them to be able to avoid some errors that now are so obvious. Then they might actually try to come up with something even remotely original instead of the clichés we've already heard too many times. Unfortunately this album simply lacks originality, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but for it to be a good thing, Ahrcana needs a lot better compositions. Hopefully we'll hear them on the follow-up album.

The singer's voice is the typical high-pitched, but he sounds like he still needs some practise, especially with his English pronunciation. Productionwise the album is nothing significant, it's not that bad, but it surely could be better. But I must admit that the guys surely are ambitious, one can't blame them for that. For now the epic and mighty burden is simply too much for them to carry. I hate to say this, but the only way from where Ahrcana is now is up.

submitted by Aleksi 23.06.2003

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