Monday, January 13, 2014

Ostura - "Ashes of the Reborn" [2012]

Artist: Ostura
Title: Ashes of the Reborn
Genre: Power Metal
Country: Lebanon
Year: 2012

Track List:
  1. A Warrior's Tale
  2. Sword of Erus
  3. King's Crowning
  4. Hills of Glory
  5. Tears of Paradise
  6. The Gathering
  7. Infernal Hymn
  8. Ashes of the Reborn
Another rare discovery - a 7-piece (!) symphonic power metal from Lebanon. They're not even from Beirut, but from Jounieh, a majority Christian city 15km north of Beirut. Their music is typical fantasy power metal with the quality of production almost on the level of their Western inspirers (Nightwish, Stratovarius, Rhapsody, Avantasia, Kamelot, Symphony X). While I'm not very interested in this kind of music in general, it's a remarkable album for a band from a non-metal country. The 1st half of "Ashes of the Reborn" features only male vocals, while the 2nd half is more diverse, with more female vocals and balled-type songs.

I've downloaded this album from, but I have no idea if the band themselves are OK with their music being available for free on the net, or not. Anyway, if you're interested, there's a free preview of this album on Google Play, and several songs on the band's official youtube channel. For example:

Or this song, which is a non-metal ballad, but nevertheless one of the best songs on the whole album:

As you can see, they doesn't look like stereotypical metalheads (except maybe for the last photo):

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