Hollow's Gathering
SOULSPELL

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3.52 | 4 ratings | 3 reviews
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Album · 2012

Filed under Power Metal

Tracklist

1. Hollow's Gathering (9:14)
2. A Rescue Into The Storm (6:18)
3. To Crawl Or To Fly (6:31)
4. Anymore (4:46)
5. Adrian's Call (4:26)
6. Change The Tide (5:16)
7. From Hell (1:28)
8. The Keeper's Game (5:46)
9. The Dead Tree (6:46)
10. Whispers Inside You (4:57)

Line-up/Musicians

- Amanda Somerville / vocals
- Blaze Bayley / vocals
- Carlos Zema / vocals
- Daísa Munhoz / vocals
- Gui Antonioli / vocals
- Iuri Sanson / vocals
- Jefferson Albert / vocals
- Leandro Caçoilo / vocals
- Lígia Ishitani / vocals
- Lucas Martins / vocals
- Manuela Saggioro / vocals
- Mário Pastore / vocals
- Matt Smith / vocals
- Michel Souza / vocals
- Michael Vescera / vocals
- Nando Fernandes / vocals
- Pedro Campos / vocals
- Tito Falaschi / vocals
- Tim "Ripper" Owens / vocals
- Victor Emeka / vocals
- Leandro Erba / Guitars
- Marco Lambert / Guitars
- Rodolfo Pagotto / Guitars
- Rollie Feldman / Guitars
- Thiago Amendola / Guitars
- Cleiton Carvalho / Guitars
- Fábio Laguna / Keyboards
- Fernando Giovannetti / Bass
- Markus Grosskopf / Bass
- Tito Falaschi / Bass
- Frank Tischer / Piano
- Gabriel Magioni / Keyboards
- Gabriel Viotto / Drums
- Heleno Vale / Drums
- Edu Santos / Drums

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Released October 12, 2012, on Inner Wound Recordings.

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Kev Rowland
Soulspell Metal Opera is a Brazilian Heavy Metal project put together by drummer Heleno Vale. This is the third album by the project, and Heleno brings together musicians and singers as is required so for example although he provides drums, so also do two others while there are three bassists and six guitarists for example. But it is in the vocal arena that he has really outdone himself with twenty singers, including Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden), Michael Vescera (Obsession, Loudness, Malmsteen), Markus Grosskopf (Helloween), Amanda Sommerville (Avantasia) and Matt Smith (Theocracy) among the crowd. There is no doubt that the musicianship and singing is of the very highest quality throughout, and there are loads of different styles, but in many ways I feel that this is the album’s biggest downfall. Taken individually there are some incredible songs on here, (for example I love the blasting workout that is “Adrian’s Call”), but when listening to the whole album it is just that the individual parts don’t flow together as well as they might and at times the effect can be quite offputting.

I do wonder what the package that comes with the CD may be like, as this was provided as a download, and maybe with that in front of me this may make more musical sense, but as it is I found that it washed over me too much. It goes in too many directions (and this coming from someone who listens to the most complex jazz and prog imaginable) and I feel that if he had stuck to the Savatage/Helloween workouts then it would have been more effective.
adg211288
Hollow’s Gathering is the third full-length album by Brazilian metal opera project Soulspell. The album was released in 2012. Soulspell is led by drummer Heleno Vale, who is the only regular member of the act, although there are a number of common contributors across the three albums released so far including Tito Falaschi (Illustria), Daisa Munhoz (Vandroya) and Iuri Sanson (Hibria). Hollow’s Gathering features a total of twenty vocalists each performing a unique role within the album’s concept. Other vocalists on the album include Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), and Matt Smith (Theocracy). Guest instrumentalists include Markus Grosskopf (Helloween) and Rollie Feldmann (ex- Circle II Circle).

Musically a predominately melodic power metal release, Hollow’s Gathering also has some tracks which are closer to progressive power metal and symphonic power metal. The opening title track is a progressive power metal song while what follows on from it has a generally more straight forward sound, with symphonic and lessened progressive tendencies elements cropping up every now and then. Coupled with the variety that comes with having so many voices (twenty is even more ambitious than any of the Ayreon albums released so far) means that Hollow’s Gathering never runs the risk of feeling stagnant. Additionally there are some parts to the music which withdraw the power metal element to focus even more on melody.

While I can do nothing but appreciate the musical qualities of the album, and commend Heleno Vale for putting together such a stellar cast, I just can’t follow the story presented on Hollow’s Gathering. Maybe that would be different if it were not my first encounter with Soulspell, as Hollow’s Gathering continues the story begun in the earlier albums A Legacy of Honor (2008) and The Labyrinth of Truths (2010) but nevertheless this isn’t something I’m particularly worried about as I’m only really concerned with musical quality, and Hollow’s Gathering has that in abundance, although aside from its status as a metal opera, it isn’t exactly breaking any boundaries musically. And to be honest these things are becoming more and more common. There are a few definite standouts amongst the tracks, such as that opening title track and Change the Tide, or if you want something a little less speed obsessed, The Keeper's Game is a great choice. At the opposite end of the spectrum A Rescue into the Storm is the only real moment where a track fails to stand up to the bulk of the release. A great album tier rating is deserved.

80/100

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven (http://metaltube.freeforums.org/soulspell-hollow-s-gathering-t2748.html))
Time Signature
To crawl or to fly...

Genre: power metal

Brazil-based Soulspell is one of those prog power metal acts who specialize in epic power metal operas, and this type of music - the power metal opera - is often a volatile affair: things can turn out really well, or the album can explode in a fatal cloud of cheese. On this album, Soulspell really balance on the razor's edge, but, at the end of the day, "Hollow's Gathering" is definitely a positive experience to listen to - even to me, who admittedly can't stand cheesy power metal.

The music on the album ranges from super epic and pompous symphonic power metal (as in the album's title track) to more straight-forward metal-rock (as in 'Adrian's Call'), but with the center point being Euro Power metal in all its glory. Balancing solid heavy metal riffs, rocky guitar solos, and twin guitar leads on the one hand with epic keyboards, neoclassicisms, and grandiose choruslines, Soulspell might be too over the top for some fans of more traditional metal, but at the same time this fan group is still guaranteed a lot of good old fashioned metal stuff. The catalyst of this blend is progressive keyboards, by the way, although the core style cannot be said to be progressive metal.

Take a look at the line-up on this album, and you will see that it is pretty much an all-star project. As is typical of modern day power metal operas, a plethora of vocalists appear on "Hollow's Gathering", and - to be honest - the initial impression I had upon having to take in all those different singing styles was that of bewilderment. But using so many vocalists also ensures variation, and, although I still find the title track to be over the top in this department, I do think that each and every vocalist does a good job - and I especially like Ripper Owens' and Blaze Bayley's performances.

If you dig prog power metal operas, then you must not miss out on the experience of pure epicness that is "Hollow's Gathering".

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