10/28/2005 - Review by: Stygian Steel
Eternal Reign - Forbidden Path - 2005 - SPV
With a sound that's melodic yet retaining a fair deal of heaviness, the music here reminds me of a sort of cross between Symphorce and Mob Rules. Like Mob Rules this album has a certain flowing, smooth quality, but it has a bit more heaviness and is more direct. Vocally is where I'm most reminded of Symphorce as the vocalist shifts from a slightly gruff delivery to very soaring and clean ala Andy Franck. Occasionally the singer will also ascend into a falsetto briefly which reminds of Timo Kotipelto.
Overall, this is just a well balanced and catchy power metal band that would probably appeal to fans of bands such as Mob Rules, Symphorce, and Tad Morose. A pleasent suprise from an unknown.
Highlights: The Final Call, Set The Sails, Edge Of The World
--Stygian Steel 10.11.05
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