Delusions of Grandeur
Our independent debut release. Features 7 original ripping power metal tracks with all the epic you could ever ask for. Poly wrapped jewel case with 4 panel insert, includes all lyrics. 'I discovered In Virtue a couple of years ago by accident. I was surprised to hear a band from NorCal doing the female-fronted, melodic metal thing that you normally only hear from European bands. Their Delusions of Grandeur demo was solid, but this new EP of the same name, featuring four new songs plus rerecorded versions of the three from the original demo, takes things to a whole new level. The incorporation of more male vocals and symphonic elements combined with enhanced production has made a world of difference. New vocalist Corrine Reif is a combination of Cristina Scabbia and Tarja Turunen, with a straightforward style that's just a bit operatic. This beauty is offset by the beastly growls of Trey Xavier (also guitars/keyboards), and this gives a nice epic feel to "Dreamwalker" and "Heather." Throughout the disc, Xavier and guitarist Greg Horton play off each other in a classical, Iron Maiden style best exemplified by riffs in "Paralyzed." Things take a turn for the bizarre with the closing "Underture," wherein parts of the previous 6 tracks are reinterpreted in a variety of styles, including a mildly unsettling drum-and-bass section. It's an interesting display but ultimately a throwaway track from a strong disc of symphonic-style metal.' - Dave Pirtle, YourMusic Magazine review November '09.