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   GENIUS ROCK OPERA
Episode 1: A Human Into Dreams' World
2002
Frontiers Records
http://www.geniusrockopera.com


rating: 3/5

1. Without Me Today
2. The Right Place
3. Paradox
4. The Glory Of Our Land
5. All Of Your Acts
6. Dreams
7. My Pride
8. There's A Human
9. Father
10. Terminate
11. I'm Afraid
Daniele Liverani is the keyboardist of the Italian prog metal band Empty Tremor and this time he offers us his Genius Rock Opera. Being a negative Finn, I was quite certain that this album wouldn't offer anything new or special (shame on me) and that Daniele Liverani would be biting off a little more than he can chew. Partly I was right, but on the other hand there really are some pleasant surprises.

The guest vocalist list on the album is somewhat impressive with such names as Mark Boals, Daniel Gildenlöw, Lana Lane, Midnight and Chris Boltendahl to mention just a few. The music ranges from symphonic hard rock to slightly progressive rock to power metal and is mostly driven by beautiful keyboard melodies and nice guitars. There are all the elements needed for a majestic epic rock opera, like the choirs, nice guitar- and keyboard melodies, great vocalists, but the finishing touch that would make this one stand out from the grey mass, is unfortunately missing. All in all some of the songs are a bit repetitive and there seems to be little variation within the songs. Using a narrator between the songs is, I think, somewhat appropriate, this being a rock opera and all, but I can't help it that to me they, without exception, do sound funny in a way. On a few occasions the mellow majesty of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra-sound shines through a little, which I personally take as a positive thing.

The best songs on this 79 minute opera are the opener "Without Me Today", the TSO-like "All of Your Acts", "Dreams" and the two that end the album "Terminate" and the nicely a little jumpy "I'm Afraid". So, Mr. Liverani's playing skills are absolutely nothing to complain about, but let's hope for some improvement on the composing side for the follow-up.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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