Artaban's Redemption
Broken Puppets

Label: Demons Records
Three similar bands: Vision Divine/Gamma Ray/Edguy

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Obsolete Tech
2. Revolution
3. Shutting Down
4. Time for war
5. Never Again

Alvaro Weik - guitar
Elena Alonso - keyboards
Roberto Cappa - drums
Francesco Ferraro - bass
Ivan Giannini - vocals


Dan Diez - guitar solo on Time for War
Sergio Marty - guitar solo on Never Again

Mixed and mastered by Dan Diez

Released 2021-05-21
Reviewed 2021-08-02


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Apparently this Artaban needs redemption and does it with some broken puppets. It is the debut of this band that features Vision Divine vocalist Ivan Gianni, a five track EP that plays for about a half hour. I wouldn’t say that the cover invites curiosity, but one should never judge the book by its cover. So, what about this one? Is it worth checking out?

It is power metal, nothing really revolutionary in that regard. It is quite true to form and can be compared with many of the bands within the genre, bands like Vision Divine, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Helloween, and more comes to mind. Pretty melodic and catchy, pretty expected variation of tracks, good production and vocalist. No surprises on this album, it is well-produced but nothing special. With the half hour playing time it can be said to be a short album, or a little long EP depending how you want to look at it.

I think that it is a pretty good EP, not something for the one looking for anything fresh or revolutionary, but it should be entertaining enough if you like the genre. I might not be overawed with it but find that it is good enough to chase away the silence or when you need something simple to listen to, I guess one could claim that it is a fun album overall. Besides the lack of originality, I don’t think there are any major flaws to the album, the songs are certainly pretty good and Gianni is a great vocalist who certainly brings much quality to a solid band.

The answer is probably yes but with some reservations, it is something you can enjoy with the good tracks and so on. Other than the issues on originality and fresh thinking there isn’t much to complain about, and honestly how many bands do something original these days? Artaban’s Redemption debuts well.