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Messenger of the Gods

by Mistheria

solo album from the keyboard player of Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Praeludium Opus 71
2:09 $0.99
2. Zeus Will Storm The Earth
6:07 $0.99
3. The Chimera
5:39 $0.99
4. The Beast Of The Maze
7:18 $0.99
5. King Midas
6:42 $0.99
6. Dynasty Of Death
11:35 $0.99
7. Children's Heaven
5:11 $0.99
8. Witch Of The Demons
5:39 $0.99
9. Dragon's Teeth
5:54 $0.99
10. Messenger Of The Gods
11:35 $0.99
11. Titans
6:57 $0.99
12. Eternity
4:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
MISTHERIA is the number one keyoard player in progressive metal in Italy and "Messenger of the Gods" is his debut album on which he has been working for the last 2 years!

Artist Instrument Song
Alex Masi guitar solo Witch Of The Demons
Anders Johansson drums Dragon's Teeth
Andrea Scala drums Messenger Of The Gods/Dynasty Of Death/King Midas/Eternity/Titans/Praeludium opus 71
Andrea Rivera guitar/classical guitar Messenger Of The Gods
Barry Sparks bass Dragon's Teeth
Emilio Di Marco bass King Midas/Zeus Will Storm The Earth/Witch Of The Demons/The Beast Of The Maze/Messenger Of The Gods/Dynasty Of Death/Eternity
Fabio Colella drums Zeus Will Storm The Earth
David Folchitto drums Witch Of The Demons
Diego Reali guitar solo King Midas
George Bellas guitar solo The Beast Of The Maze
Gonzo bass The Chimera
Hubi Meisel vocals & lyrics Eternity
Jeff Kollman guitar solo Dynasty Of Death
John Macaluso drums The Beast Of The Maze/The Chimera
Leonardo Porcheddu guitar Witch Of The Demons/Dragon's Teeth/Messenger Of The Gods/Dynasty Of Death/King Midas/Titans
Marcel Coenen guitar solo The Chimera
Maria Pia Di Gioia soprano vocals Witch Of The Demons
Mario Mazzenga bass Titans
Matt Bissonette bass Children's Heaven
Maurizio D'Andrea acustic guitar* and electric guitar solo^ Eternity*/King Midas^/Messenger Of The Gods^/Witch Of The Demons^
Max Arminchiardi guitars/guitar solo* Children's Heaven/Titans*
Max Romano vocals Dynasty Of Death/Children's Heaven/Dragon's Teeth/The Beast Of The Maze/The Chimera/Witch Of The Demons/King Midas
Maxe Freeman rhythmic guitar/lyrics* The Beast Of The Maze*/The Chimera*/Zeus Will Storm The Earth
Michael Von Knorring drums Children's Heaven
Neil Zaza guitar solo Zeus Will Storm The Earth
Paul Shannon bass Witch Of The Demons
Rick Renstrom guitar solo Dynasty Of Death
Rob Rock vocals°/lyrics* Zeus Will Storm The Earth°*/Titans°*
Ron Thal guitar solo Dynasty Of Death
Thorbjorn Englund guitar solo Titans
Tommy Denander guitar solo Dynasty Of Death
Tony Hernando guitar solo Titans



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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Mistheria - Messenger Of The Gods
Some professional critics write that there are two comparable key-masters (of young generation) in progressive metal. Obviously, I am thinking of Vitalij Kuprij and Giuseppe Iampieri a.k.a. Mistheria. I know that both wizards are in friendly relationships and don't race against themselves to win audience's recognition. Thereby they deserve our reverence.

For a start, I desire to write that Maestro Kuprij and Maestro Iampieri play in different styles, so that means that we can be pleased with two ingenious and outstanding artists. Some of you could hear his "Imperator" solo release, but his name was on fans' and critics' lips after publishing "Messenger Of The Gods" under the banner of great Lars Eric Mattsson's Lion Music. Mistheria cooperated, among others, with the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Tony Hernando, Vitalij Kuprij, Winterlong etc. But inviting 32 guests on his solo album exceeded all my expectations! Wow, what names appeared on "MOTG"? They are too many to enumerate all of them, but I can't refrain from mentioning well-known axemasters: Alex Masi, George Bellas, Jeff Kollmann, Leonardo Porcheddu, Marcel Coenen, Max Arminchiardi, Ron Thal, Rick Renstrom, Thorbjorn Englund, Tommy Denander, Tony Hernando, Neil Zaza; then three drummers: Anders Johansson, John Macaluso and Michael Von Knorring; still two bassists: Barry Sparks and Matt Bissonette; (I haven't finished yet, haha) and must write about Rob Rock and Hubi Meisel! What a gorgeous Artists Army!

There are waiting 80-minute material for us all, so prepare for a long-distance music marathon, please. The album is opened by majestic and cinematic "Praeludium Opus 71" that shows Mistheria's passion for movie soundtracks and classical music. It isn't strange, because Giuseppe is a graduate from Music Conservatory in L'Aquila. In further compositions we'll easily pick out progpower characteristics, improvisational parts, melodic vocal lines, cornucopia of guitar styles, piano-esque motifs, diverse compositional structures, classicaly inspired interpolations and bombastic orchestrations. If you are a girl/woman, here are waiting Hubi Meisel with his sexy and tuneful voice in climax "Eternity", but if you are a boy/man - here is someone waiting especially for you - soprano voice by Maria Pia Di Gioia in "Witch Of The Demons". Aforementioned guitarists play mostly fast solos in shredding style. Mistheria originally started learning to play the guitar, that's why their key-lines perfectly fit to guitar solos. They are really fast, because keys burn his fingers, haha. Giuseppe is a virtuoso keyboardist who specializes in progressive metal, but I am under an obligation to write that he can also create a cosmic dimension of classical music. The best proof of it is the title composition in which he refers to romantic piano masters in the front of Frederic Chopin. It is also the herald of forthcoming piano solo album. I had also a pleasure of listening to 7-track sampler with new Mistheria's compositions. There are three original numbers, one half-original (inspired by Chopin's output), and three ones of other composers ("Adagio in G minor" by Albinoni, "Capriccio #24" by Paganini and "Asturias" by Albeniz). That material proved that Mistheria is strongly influenced by classical music, but especially by Johann Sebastian Bach's fugues. It is audible in his original tracks in which he applies counterpoint, key turns and combinations of imitations. His fluent fingering can be also heard in tonic-dominant and harmonious relation between theme and response.

On the basis of that sampler, I can guess that Mistheria can be regarded both as a progressive keys ruler and a neoclassical one with no doubt. His music is recommended particularly for those who fell in love with Ring of Fire's, Adagio's and Outworld's releases.