Company: AFM Release: 2012 Genre: Power Reviewer: EC
"The Burden Of God" is slightly disappointing considering how good it's predecessor "Insurrection" was. That 2009 album, also on AFM Records, was fairly straight forward with a power metal sound laced in high production values and a decent amount of flashy guitar riffs. While this new record is still patented Nightmare, I feel the production values suffer under Patrick Liotard (Sedona). This is rather odd considering Liotard produced the last album. This new record still contains plenty of groovy power numbers, most notably "Children Of The Nation" and "Crimson Empire". The dry production values seem to hold back the more complex songs like "Sunrise In Hell" and becomes way too keyboard dominant on "Shattered Hearts". This is the band's eight record to date and first to feature guitarist Matt Asselberghs. He replaces four year member J.C. Lefeve. "The Burden Of God" features a bonus track in "Afterlife" for the first printing. The band has been active since 1979 and along with Lonewolf and Killers continues to be the proverbial headliner of the French metal scene.