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Chicago power metal clan Twelfth Gate bring all of its chops to the 11-track SUMMONING, and the immense proportion of metal showcased may be a bit too much for you to handle if you're not prepared. Galloping basslines, an operatic metal voice that soars and wails with an unabashed fervor and a plethora of shred guitar is what you'll hear, and if you yearn for the days of spiked wristbands, high hair and higher male vocals, Twelfth Gate bring the goods in a way that is true to the metal world and maintains a level of seriousness in a genre where being kitschy can be the kiss of death. If you dig Nevermore, Maiden and early Queensryche, you'll be sure to welcome Twelfth Gate to your CD collection.
- Mike SOS