The German tendencies are particularly noticeable in the dense, moderately high wails of vocalist Esa Englund, who often comes off as a slightly less gravely version of Andy Franck with occasional similarities to Alex Koch Powergod, Winter's Bane , while the aforementioned Yngwie-tendencies here are pretty difficult to miss when getting a dose of Ola Berg's soloing style, and even some of his riff work channels that trudging late 90s Malmsteen stomp when not blazing trails on the faster side of things like an outtake from Magnum Opus.
Though this album is about as clean of a break as one could make from the 80s-centric cover band roots that the band came out of in terms of sound, there is a fairly strong remnant of that retro-vibe that comes along with the more modern, heavy-ended metallic fury it exudes.
Much of it manifests in an orthodox retread of Rising Force territory in the slow-coasting melodic nod to "I Am A Viking" that is "Gracious Calling", the speeding blazer of a homage to "Never Die" in " Hollywood Forever", and the gallop-happy Neo-classical mid-paced beast "Rising Son", each one loaded to the brim with similar shredding solos to the original maestro, though Ola often channels elements of Jake E. Lee and Vivian Campbell to keep it from turning into an outright clone.
Probably the only thing on here that deviates from shaking the earth with the metallic hammer is the closing semi-ballad "Neurothic Eyes", which has a sort of haunting sense of sadness and fatalism that is highly effective, if maybe a bit of an overt emulation of Brainstorm's take on a ballad.
In the context of the year this album was released, it was something of a breath of fresh air, given all of the nonsense that had started coming out of Edguy, Avantasia, Sonata Arctica and a few other veterans in the power metal scene. It is about on par with Brainstorm's Downburst and the Mean Streak debut in terms of overall quality and aggression, and often finds itself listening like a sort of happy medium between both albums a year or two before they were released, with the caveat of a guitarist who is a fair bit fancier when giving the singer his rest period.
It doesn't quite pack the same of level of punch or hit as many memorable sweet spots as the triumphant comeback of Winter's Bane the year prior in Redivivus , nor does it quite have the same impact factor meshed with inventive songwriting that made Primal Fear's New Religion a surprising and still underrated classic. It's just one of those really good offerings that will more than satisfy any rabid fan of old school metal with a modern production while it's playing, but doesn't quite force its way into one's long term memory the way an absolute classic might.
It was a cut above the rest for , not to mention showcasing a degree of musical competency that would sit well with any Malmsteen fanatic, the odd band name and goofy looking album art not withstanding.
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