(7/10) After almost twenty years in business and after having released eight full-length records Italian Secret Sphere come with their first live album. The guys can build on a solid fan base in several countries but the one that’s standing out of the rest is probably Japan. Therefore it’s not a too big of a surprise that Secret Sphere recorded their live release in the land of the rising sun.
The album features the entire show the band played in Tokyo, Japan and it included all the bands highlights with songs like “Legend” and the melodic “Portrait of a Dying Heart” having been performed in front of an enthusiastic audience. Each of the tracks shows the potential of the band and it’s very much guitarist Aldo Lonobile and singer Michele Luppi that have a bigger impact on Secret Sphere’s sound, also when it comes to this release.
The sound of this longplayer is done very well and there is a forceful energy included in each of the songs. Tunes like the heavy “Healing”, just as one example, benefits very much from this. I’m not sure if things might sound a bit too perfect but anyhow, this doesn’t limit the entertainment factor of “One Night in Tokyo”.
Next to the well done live performance the longplayer includes a bonus track of “Lie to Me”. It’s a new studio version of the tune on which Luppi shares vocals with former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon. This interpretation of Secret Sphere’s classic gets out of the speakers very exciting and adds a new aspect to the song.
I can summarize that “One Night in Tokyo” is a well-done live album that’s a good compilation of the creative work done by the Italian four-piece. It might help to open the band for a wider audience and it’s worth to check out this record.
- A Journey Through Time
- The Fall
- Lie To Me
- Wish & Steadiness
- Under the Flaf of Mary Read
- The Scars That You Can't See
- Mr. Sin
- Leonardo da Vince
- Lady of Silenece
- Dance with the Devil
- Lie to Me (studio version feat. Anette Olzon)
Label: Frontiers Music
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Release Date EU: October 14th, 2016