“Canto V” is a very ambicious piece. At first what impresses is the gloomy voice of singer Lon Fright. The constrast it gives to the catchy tunes the Fright play. Lon Fright’s low tuned voice is the highlight of “Canto V,” and that’s for sure. It makes this effort seems a bit heavier than it looks.
“Canto V” is slightely inspired on Dante’s masterpiece “Inferno,” that’s why “Canto.” “V” is the roman number for five, which stands for the fifth effort of the Fright. Cool, huh? I thought so too. But don’t go on thinking that “Canto V” is a concept album, it’s not. Actually, labeling the Fright isn’t an easy task. “Canto V” is full of modern hard rock elements. The sureshot would be a modern version of Skid Row. Early 1980s Kiss efforts as “Creatures Of The NIght” and “Lick It Up” are also good examples. I mean, the Fright are heavy as a Heavy Metal band, but “Canto V” is full of singalongs songs. There are too many catchy choruses that would frighten the common Metal fan. But not the hard rocker. On second thought, it occured to me that the Fright would fit best as prog hard rock. There are some prog elements in “Canto V,” for instance, in “Leave.”
There’s no doubt that the Fright know exactly where they are driving to. “Canto V” is a consistent and concise effort. Songs seem to be connected with each other. There are no songs apart. That’s why is so difficult to point out a song. And also the songwriting in “Canto V” is aware of how to benefit from Lon Fright’s voice. It seems that the songs were written to fit it perfectly. In each piece of emotion to darken some atmospheres.
Dante would be really proud of “Canto V.” I’m sure.
- No One
- Wander Alone
- Love Is Gone
- Fade Away
- Drowned In Red
- Century Without A Name
- In Sicherheit
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