Rating:
7.5
Civilization One - Revolution Rising
2007


01. Celestial Sunrise
02. Life Of Agony
03. Legends Of The Past (Carry On)
04. The Lost Souls
05. 16
06. Sacred
07. Welcome To Paradise
08. Wishing Well
09. Dream On
10. Time Will Tell
11. Out In The Rain [Japanese bonus]


"Revolution Rising" is the debut album of Civilization One, a really nice and promising combo when you just have a look on its line up. Actually the band is composed of musicians from Italy (Aldo Lonobile and Luca Cartasegna from Secret Sphere), from Brazil (Jesper Stotz), from France (Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson ex Heavenly) and finally from Sri Lanka with the famous singer Chitral Somopala. The band plays a really cool melodic Heavy/Power Metal and for sure we're in front of a good release.

With such a good line up, it was quite impossible to do something bad and Civilization One didn't fall into a malicious trap. "Revolution Rising" is a nice album of Melodic Heavy/Power Metal which even flirts with Neo-Classical and Symphonic music. It's a bit basic technically speaking and it's not so surprising but it's well done and the performance of the musicians is extremely convincing, so really if you're looking for a good album of Power without a lot of pretensions which is in the end really good, I think that you should have a look on this "Revolution Rising".

The ten songs sound modern and the really nice production of the release gives a lot of power to these different compositions. Plus I will say it one more time, Chitral Somopala is a magisterial singer and nobody can blame the performance of the four other musicians which is simply perfect. All in all, "Revolution Rising" is a nice little album and if the guys find the way to continue their musical journey I'm sure that they will be able to find a lot of fans in the future. Without being the album of the year, "Revolution Rising" is a nice surprise and I can tell you that this release is synonym of quality.

Except that this release is a bit basic and not really revolutionary, the debut album of Civilization One is a success. Not really in the vein of the classic European Power Metal bands, and above all super catchy, I can tell you that it's highly recommended if you need your dose of Power during the summer. Let's hope that Civilization One will confirm my good feelings in a near future.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Civilization One
Album: Revolution Rising


 


written by Jeff | 08.07.2007



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The Shape 1973 - 23.11.2009 at 16:56  
Just seen this on the random album window, wow, impressive.

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