SURPRISE OF FEBRUARY 2002

THE BEST ALBUM OF FEBRUARY 2002

 

MESMERIZE
"OFF  THE BEATEN PATH"

Mesmerize is the Italian Metal Band that proves that Heavy Metal exists and can be pure and authentic even if it’s not coming from the North. The brand new Mesmerize’s album “Off Beaten Path” it’s a reality and it’s surprisely good!!! The album is compiled by 11 authentic heavy metal tracks and Mesmerize are following the laws of 80’s Metal. That means classic Heavy Metal at its best: fast tempos, pounding rhythms, sharp guitar riffs, thundering drums, fantastic vocals, and imaginary lyric themes...straight to the point.
With their frontman Folco Orlandini in a great mood, Paolo Chiodini and Piero Paravidino playing those screaming guitars, Andrea Garavaglika on thyndering drums, and Luca Valisi who played an amazing bass, Mesmerize released without any doubt their best album so far: the eleven songs of this album are expressing the traditional and true side of Heavy Metal. Mesmerize is the Italian Metal Band that proves that Heavy Metal exists and can be pure and authentic even if it’s not coming from the North. The brand new Mesmerize’s album “Off Beaten Path” it’s a reality and it’s surprisely good!!! The album is compiled by 11 authentic heavy metal tracks and Mesmerize are following the laws of 80’s Metal. That means classic Heavy Metal at its best: fast tempos, pounding rhythms, sharp guitar riffs, thundering drums, fantastic vocals, and imaginary lyric themes...straight to the point.
With their frontman Folco Orlandini in a great mood, Paolo Chiodini and Piero Paravidino playing those screaming guitars, Andrea Garavaglika on thundering drums, and Luca Valisi who played an amazing bass, Mesmerize released without any doubt their best album so far: the eleven songs of this album are expressing the traditional and true side of Heavy Metal. The result is absolutely satisfactory. This is music played with heart, and displays the great abilities of the Italian band.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Mesmerize defeat those who still believe that metal music is a matter between the Southern countries and USA.
It's hard to choose the best songs on this album, since every one of them is very strong and has its own dimension. But just to mention few like: “Pit Of Charming Snakes”, “Doom Of The Darksword”, “King Of Terror”, which is a tribute to the Italian cult comic hero Diabolik, "Gates Of Mercy" a song that takes inspiration from Shakespeare's "Henry V and of course we have to mention the opener song “Agros Died Twice”, which is a song that is continuing the saga of the fantasy Darksword trilogy by M.Weis /T. Hickman.
I believe that the new songs are more mature and better structured and the band definitely worked hard on them. The result is good and evident, thanks also to a great production, heavy and clear”. The lyrics are mainly based on “tales” concerning battles, swords, fights, wizzards and are inspired mainly by fantasy books, Celtic legends, science fiction movies and all that king of stuff…The fact is that the lyric subjects are picked with ingenuity just like the name of the band!!!! For those who are wondering about the name of the band, we informe you that it is inspired by the animal magnetism theory introduced by doctor F. A. Mesmer in the late XVIII century.
Mesmerize has just released a great album, so If you’re into this kind of music, we truly assure all of you: this is an album you don’t want to miss!!!

Release date:
                February, 25th 2002
                 
                                                                             

by kyriaki Petraki   9/10

CURRENT LINE UP:

Folco Orladini : vocals
Paolo Chiodini: guitars
Piero Paravidino: guitars
Andrea Tito: bass
Andrea Garavaglia: drums

THE TRACK LIST OF THE ALBUM

1. Argos Died Twice (5:38) 
2. King Of Terror (4:03) 
3. Off The Beaten Path (5:45) 
4. Jail TV (4:05) 
5. Warriors (When The Battle Calls) (7:34) 
6. Pit Of Charming Snakes (5:56)
7. Where Skye Meets The Sea (7:15) 
8. Doom Of The Darksword (5:23) 
9. The Ancient Prophecy (1:11) 
10. Overdoze (4:44)