Hey folks! The Meista here with another rockin' pairing for ya... This evening I'm pairing the wonderful EP, "The Book Of Gates" by Amadeus Awad's EON and an Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Uinta Brewing Company! This one goes out to Mr. Amadeus Awad and Jeff over at Progressive Power... kesak my friends!!
The brainchild of Lebanese progressive metal master Amadeus Awad, "The Book Of Gates" (EP) was released on February 13th, 2013. Along with Awad on guitars and Elia Monsef on vocals as the Necromancer, "The Book Of Gates" (EP) project features several world-class, stellar guest musicians including: Russell Allen (Symphony X, Allen Lande, Adrenaline Mob) on vocals as the Pharaoh, Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Kamelot, Aina, HDK) on vocals as the Queen, John Macaluso (ARK, Malmsteen, Labrie, TNT, Riot) on drums, Kevin Moore (OSI, ex- Dream Theater) on keyboards, Dan Veall on bass, Elyes Bouchoucha (Myrath) on keyboards (track 1 - "Visions"), and Danny Bou Maroun (Ostura) on additional keyboards and orchestration (track 1 - "Visions"). Richly textured musically, perfectly balanced vocally, and perfectly executed as a whole, "The Book Of Gates" is a progressive metal masterpiece! Seriously... This may be the best thing I've heard this year! The vocals of Monsef, Allen, and Somerville are fan-freakin'-tastic! Even with all this incredible guest talent, what really draws me to this album is Awad's flawless and breathtaking guitar work... his tone will melt your face! The only downside is that "The Book Of Gates" is only a 20+ minute EP... I want more Amadeus!! If you are a prog rock fan, a prog metal fan, a metal head, and/or just a fan of outstanding music all-together, BUY THIS ALBUM! You won't be sorry! Here's the brilliant full track list:
- "The Crown's Fate"
- "The Book Of Gates"
Kesak!! Cheers!! And hails!!