Tragul – ‘The Tree Of Life’   26 comments

Symphonic power metal band Tragul, (the name being a dream inspiration of founder, keyboardist and songwriter Adrian Benegas), features ex-members of Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire and Tarja, aswell as members of Pergana, Diabulus In Musica and Flotsam and Jetsam. ‘The Tree Of Life’, a self release, is their 4th single so far. It aims to empower people, through hope, via its sounds and the light, joyful feelings these release.

Influenced by Nightwish, Rhapsody, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Dionysus, the word ‘tragul’ defines the marriage of spirituality and humanity, through music. This term was chosen for its personal significance to Adrian, its uniqueness and relevance to his spirituality.

Tragul are open to alternative means of musical exposure and their music can be heard on all digital platforms.

Bennu – Wow! Instant hit. Very lively, thrashy, Blaze Bayley-esque instrumental sound, with powerful melodic feminine vocals, much in the vein of Leaves Eyes, Lacuna Coil, Delain etc. Strong drum presence, fresh, vibrant sound and sense, with a mystical flavour, which given the EP’s title, isn’t surprising. Great fast pace, frenetic riffs and momentous flow. Hugely atmospheric, this’ll win over any fans of operatic metal, such as Nightwish, Within Temptation or Aonia. Fabulous start.

Into The Heart Of The Sun – Another wow. Even stronger intro, stacked with power and ethereal mystique. Really striking vocals, increasing volume and tension in the instrumentals, raising the stakes, with every note. Noticeable catch and drive in the choruses. Over too soon, but it’s an affecting demo of Tragul’s capabilities.

The Message – Opening with a synth led intro, quickly followed by an extraordinary riff section, filled with energy and fuelling the accompaniments with maximum strength passion. Haunting vocals come into play again, urged on, by those magnificent riffs, like a sleigh, being driven, at top speed, through a challenging winter landscape. Ending just very slightly abruptly again, but otherwise, it’s pretty much perfection.

The Tree Of Life – (Radio version). Again, startlingly energised riff and drum intro, soon followed by more of those magical vocals. A very catchy vibe and a well-placed use of glockenspiel, adding that extra touch. It’s just a gorgeous sound, from start to finish. All it really needs is a longer track length. In itself, beautiful.

Overall – A short, but powerful blast of magic, with a wintry feel and a deeply and pleasantly haunting sense. Naturally ethereal, proving that metal and wonder go together, when handled with competent, accomplished precision. Atmospherically charged and abundantly enchanting.

9/10 *********

For fans of Nightwish, Within Temptation, Leaves Eyes, Lacuna Coil, Delain, Aonia, Apparition.

‘The Tree Of Life’ video link: https://

Also on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby.

Released 12th December 2017.


Posted December 29, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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