Greed of White Lily

   ALEVAS - Greed of White Lily
   1.Ruined Castle
   3.Abstract Eternity the vortex
   6.Blue to be Swallowed
   9.Endless Promenade

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One of promising Japanese melodic progressive metal combo leaning towards Dream Theater has come out to us. A Japanese outfit ALEVAS were founded as a melodically metallic rock quartet by SAKAKI (guitars), YUJI (bass), TOMO (drums), and KENGO (voices), all of whom have tremendously got inspired by Dream Theater.

Greed Of White Lily" has been launched as their debut creation upon January 9, 2018, that obviously has lyrical melodic sensitivity mixed with complicated polyrhythmic explosion. Actually they've been introduced to me by their musical friend Yuji MUTO (Next Order) who will join as a guest guitarist for their coming album, and their excerpt of this album completely clutched my heart. Let me say every metal fan would get immersed in their composition, production, playing technique, and especially strong intention for this creation.

The first shot "Ruined Castle" should be called as a credential. On the perfect basis by the rhythm section (Tomo and Yuji), Sakaki's crying guitar play is quite comfortable and addictive (anyway Sakaki's crazy learned jazz guitar technique in his adolescent days amazingly). Dramatic texture must absorb the audience in a dynamic manner.

Th following track "Human Node', featuring all of their artistic characteristics, reminds me like Dream Theater meets Opeth. Kengo's colourful voices are perfectly crystallized upon this turf. Not only progressive lines but also pop elements can be heard all over the tune.

The similar vein to acceptable power metal can be grabbed via 'Abstract Eternity" filled with clear voices, sharp guitar edges, and swift powerful drumming. Can hear Petrucci-like speed guitar phrases in the middle of "In The Vortex" where sensitive catchiness is never forgotten. Dreamy, streaming, floating movements e.g. in "Blue To Be Swallowed' should be enjoyed along their musical stability.

"Naraka', another masterpiece of theirs, has exaggeratedly mysterious touches and sorta metallic core seasoned with influence by lots of pioneers belonging to various progressive metal subgenres. We can feel of black. death, power metal arrays. Like "Human Node', every single essence of ALEVAS we can keep in our brain. Until the last inorganic footprint in kinda tragic epilogue "Endless Promenade' we cannot breathe enough.

A fantastic debut creation although their innovative originality cannot felt enough. Currently they are just working for the second full- length album in a studio. Cannot wait really.

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"ALEVAS ... This is the beginning of a new modern progressive metal!

A guitarist Sakaki (mainly Sakaki), formed in 2016, Tokyo's progressive metal band.

Technical deployment Beauty and construction sense, elegant aesthetics blended in a classical orchestra arrangement blend. While overwhelmed by modern and aggressive heaviness, singing voice by Japanese lyrics dramatically colors the world view.

The dark mystery drawn by a thrilling ensemble by skillful performances wears a unique air feel different from a mere metal band, together with a guitar that is gracefully played, its melodic melody is sometimes deprived of his ears .

With over 10 minutes of great music, which brought intellectual arrangements to modern heavy rock, he gave a glimpse of the depths of the bosom as a band, and depending on the song it was also a violent but beautiful dark Drama, as if drawn like a spiral.

The 16-minute highlight which becomes the highlight is wonderful with the mysterious fragrance carrying a theatrical vocal on the progressive synth arrangement and the meter rhythm and the thrilling deployment power in the instrument part. There is not quite a Japanese metal band that perfectly constructs such a great music by adding a faint playfulness to cool beauty and dullness beauty. Skillful guitar work playing orchestral heaviness and sensational melody, intellectual and progressive expanded beauty and emotional vocal singing over the world singing out a melancholic darkness, a deep sunny moon like a clunky moon It is wrapped in some beauty.

The sound of ALEVAS, which presented a new modern progressive metal, goes beyond the walls of metal, heavy rock, progres, and will pierce many listeners deeply. "

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1st Album [Greed of White Lily]2018