by MythofRock

Pete Rafael‘s debut album, “Elysian Citadel”, emerges as a captivating journey into the realms of melodic and progressive metal, leaving listeners spellbound with its virtuosic guitar work and intricate compositions. Produced by renowned musician/producer Bob Katsionis, this album promises to enrapture fans of guitar-driven prog-metal worldwide. Comprising eleven original compositions, Rafael’s debut album showcases his talent as both a guitarist and composer. Each track navigates melodically and progressively, unveiling layers of musical complexity and explaining Rafael’s influences. Think of Dream Theater’s “Awake” era sound and you will be close to the musical treasure of this album. Of course, it’s not only Dream Theater that have influenced Rafael, but the whole spectrum of 90s progressive metal. We must also mention that the Greek guitarist gives a lot of focus on melody and emotion, elements which have a great impact on “Elysian Citadel”. The album’s mixing and mastering, expertly executed by Fredrik Nordstrom at the famous Fredman Studios, further elevate its sonic richness and depth. There are a lot of things to explore here, not only technique and difficult, strange arrangements, but also groove, catchy song ideas, sentiments … Rafael is a charismatic musician/songwriter, who expresses all his feelings and his music, his songs speak to the listener. This album is an unprecedented, exhilarating sonic adventure, in which you will experience moments of majesty and magic. With the priceless help of Katsionis, Pete Rafael delivers a guitar-driven prog metal recital. Listen to this album and note down this musician’s name.

♦ 8/10

Dimitris Zacharopoulos

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