I've been looking forward to hearing this album for over a year now and was wondering if it would ever get released? But here it is. If you like 80's heavy metal by the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest the more progressive Queensryche tinged with a modern prog edge of the likes of Dream Theater and kamelot you are certain to be a fan of this album. Heavy, melodic, layered and with great vocals. I'm going to review each song track by track.
Opening track Head has one of the best intros of a song I've ever heard. Reminding me a lot of Dream Theater. A heavy melodic rock song which has the hooks to get you singing along. 8/10.
Sons of Bukowski. For me the best song on the album. Once gain the intro reminds me a lot of Dream Theater before erupting into a driving fast metaller. 9/10.
Absolution. Another rocker with a big hooking chorus. 7/10.
The Beating of Black Wings. This one sounds like it's come straight out of the 80's NWBHM. 7/10.
Ghost Ballet. The albums 1st ballad. Starts like it's gonna be a rocker before goin to a piano led ballad and gets heavier as the song goes on. Paul Kettley gets to show of the range of his voice on this one. 7/10.
Milovani. I really dont like this song. Heavy and well played but for me the lyrics just let it down. Don't let that put you off the rest of the album though. 4/10.
Oberon. Back to form with this tune. Yet another rocker with hooks with some female voices to help it along, which has become a fashion for many good rock bands to experiment with over recent years. 8/10.
Catch me. This one is more of a mid tempo rock song. Reminds me a lot of Bon Jovi at their best. I really like this one. 9/10.
Havels Hurricane - Another meodic heavy track mixed with pianos to give it a progressive sound with an excellent guitar solo from Nick Dunne. This really is great stuff. 8/0.
Words That Kill - Back in 1986 Queensryche released a song called 'The Killing Words'. I believe this song is heavily influenced by that track, despite it sounding very different, lyrically it has simularities. One of the best tracks on the album. 8.5/10.
Arual - The opening strings to this song definetely sound like Queensryche. The influence is there to be heard. A short instrumental. 7/10.
Bad Dreams - For the 3rd track on the trot I'm going to compare this one with Queensryche. This time their song 'Somone Else' from the 'Promised Land Album'. A piano ballad with some great vocals. 8.5/10.
Rise up (and fuel theflame) - A fast paced metal track which sounds like it has come straight out of the 1980's. 6/10.
Overall I'd give this album 7/10 with the inclusion of Milovani. Without this track I would have given the album 8/10. Well worth exploring for any hrd rock or metal fan. Recommended.