' SECRET SPHERE
A Time Never Came [Re-recorded]
Release Date: 28th April 2015
"A Time Never Came" was first released in 2001 and this is the very highly anticipated , long awaited re-release and is a Power Metal fans delight, it's the 15Th Anniversary of the band actually going into the studio to record the album , originally set for re-release exclusively in Japan the band took the step to have it distributed in other countries ,and its a momentous decision.
If you are unfamiliar with a " A Time Never Came" the concept is divided into four segments concerning a girl called Aurienne who discovers a magical sphere ,each number depicts the girls journeys with the sphere. Its an absorbing and intelligent story that takes you on the twists and turns of a magical adventure, its not about wizards and Goblins lets be clear. It concerns her journey though different time frames, reliving various characters stories from legend for instance Aurienne lives her life as William Wallace at one stage.
"A Gate of Wisdom" builds and sets the tone in symphonic resplendence that leads into "Legend" the quality and sound is outstanding its full of speeding guitars and keyboards that truly take you into this fantasy world of neo classical Metal , its an ecstatic journey that leads you through a mystifying adventure of derring do and exploration. Personal favourite is the Heavy Metal voyage and adventure of "Under The Flag of Mary Read" its chugging guitars and crystal clear vocals are a winner ,its fast dipping and curving as the song slows down midway then fastens up into a Metal Meltdown of pure genius .
"The Brave" transports you to the Highlands of Scotland searing the flesh with the slash of a Claymore in the battlefields of Scotland's fight for freedom.
"Emotions" is an acoustic interlude that flows and ebbs into your conscience its very chilled out where a narrator tells a short tale then "Oblivion" continues the quest , its full of choirs and thrilling orchestrations, the passion and delivery cuts through shattering the glass ceiling with its melodious and powerful arrangement. "Lady of Silence" is a pacey ballad, with choral overtones that always remind me of an ethereal place.
"Mystery of Love " is a slow and engaging number with some spell binding solos and neo classical moments to shiver your timbers! Another narration on "Paganini's Nightmare"
Then the bombastic "Hamelin" fires up and delivers some progressive moments mixed in with cantering guitars that lead you into a merry dance as the pied piper of Hamelin guides you through the streets of the German town.
Final narrative is on "Ascension" which leads to "Dr.Faustus" running just under nine minutes its a heroic , absorbing finale as his soul is sold to Lucifer, the tragic story unfolds with some spectacular riffs and is a fait accompli
In fact I had forgotten how good this album is am so glad they have re released this opus, with Michele Lupins vocals you cant go wrong and he excels himself on the re-release. its up there with some of the best Power Neo Classical Metal albums ever. My only gripe is the narration, sometimes I feel its better with out that particular feature.
Finally If you haven't heard this before ,you are missing out! And if you have the old version make sure you get your mitts on the re -release the production is outta this world!
Review : Seb Di Gatto Score: 9.5 /10
Aldo Lonobile - Rhythm and Lead guitar
Michele Luppi - Vocals
Marco Pastorino - guitars
Andrea Buratto - Bass
Gabriele Ciaccia - Keyboards
Marco Lazzarini: Drums
1.Gate of Wisdom
3.Under the Flag of Mary Read
7.Lady of Silence
8.The Mystery of Love