ARTIST:

AD INFINITUM

(SWITZERLAND)
TITLE:

CHAPTER II - LEGACY

(2021)
LABEL:

NAPALM RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

TAGS:
Female vocals, Growl, Symphonic
"With "Chapter II: Legacy", Ad Infinitum combines again power and melody but still lacks of originality. More efficient than original."
PROGRACER (05.05.2022)  
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While we had left the Swiss of Ad Infinitum in the middle of a pandemic in 2020 with a very seductive "Chapter I: Monarchy", here they are again with the second act "Chapter II: Legacy". Are all the hopes placed in them at the time confirmed?

Yes... And no...

Ad Infinitum's inspiration is clearly to be found on the symphonic side of metal with bands like Nightwish or Epica, but without the operatic voices. The symphonic effects are obtained mainly by the layers of keyboards and a composition clearly oriented towards this genre. The well-balanced production integrates them perfectly with the powerful riffs and the percussive rhythmic, and intelligently puts forward the magnificent voice of Melissa Bonny.

Don't look for long tracks or complex compositions here. Ad Infinitum goes straight to the point with simple and efficient pieces, destined to the radio format without embellishment, combining melody and power. They are not simplistic though and the melodic structures are exemplary in many ways, as well as Adrian Thessenvitz's solos (the one of 'Inferno' in particular), or the breaks and rhythmic ruptures, which are certainly predictable but always appropriate.

Ad Infinitum is also inspired by the current codes of the modern melodic metal by integrating regular growls on all the songs, by small touches and realized mainly by Melissa herself. The filiation with this modern fringe is materialized on 'Afterlife' by the duet with Nils Molin, singer of Dynazty and Amaranth, two fashionable bands who have always integrated this vocal aspect, great contributor of their success. The mixture of their two very expressive voices is a treat for the ears and for the eyes. It stands out as one of the major tracks of this chapter II alongside the power ballad 'Breathe' and 'Unstoppable' for its clever arrangements, Melissa's diverse vocals and the power of the melody. The whole is especially of a great homogeneity and the 45 minutes pass with pleasure and without the least lassitude in spite of a rather agreed subject, more effective than original.

With "Chapter II: Legacy", Ad Infinitum continues its growth still lacks of originality. It prefers the efficiency of the melodies, the impeccable production and the vocal talent of its charismatic frontwoman. All the melodic metal fans will easily find their way and will hope for a spark to make the Swiss combo move into another dimension that it can undoubtedly claim as its potential is high.


More informations on http://adinfinitumofficial.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Reinvented
02. Unstoppable
03. Inferno
04. Your Enemy
05. Afterlife
06. Breathe
07. Animals
08. Into the Night
09. Son Of Wallachia
10. My Justice, Your Pain
11. Haunted
12. Lullaby

LINEUP:
Adrian Thessenvitz: Guitares
Jonas Asplind: Basse
Melissa Bonny: Chant
Niklas Müller: Batterie
Nils Molin: Chant / Invité
   
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