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Solitaire ~ Edenbridge
Solitaire ~ Edenbridge
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Okay, I've listened to the CD enough now to give an honest and well-judged (I hope) opinion of Edenbridge's new release "Solitaire". In some ways I agree with Northern Warrior's review that the album is very crunchy, and that Edenbridge have most certainly left their old power-metal sound behind which featured so heavily on Arcana and Aphelion (sorry, I don't have their first album yet :() and there is still marked progress from MyEarthDream, a cracker of an album.

A rather heavy-metal, riff-based sound predominates instead of the aforementioned twiddly power-metal harmonies (meant in the nicest possible manner) and no track showcases this more than the weirdly named 'Bon Voyage… Read more
The 13th Floor ~ Sirenia
The 13th Floor ~ Sirenia
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The 13th Floor is the fourth album from the Norwegian band Sirenia, led mainly by the multi-instrumental Morten Veland who also lends his growling vocals to the mix. The main vocalist however is Ailyn, a Spanish singer who auditioned on the Spanish version of X-Factor. Don't be put off though since she is a rather talented singer and brings a certain grace and beauty to a rough and raw genre of music.

The most prominent songs of the recording are 'The Seventh Summer' and 'Sirens Of The Seven Seas', both with a more classically-tinged edge than the rest of the album though the effects are on the whole produced by keyboard instead of a real orchestra; the choir is very real though… Read more
The Fabled City ~ The Nightwatchman
The Fabled City ~ The Nightwatchman
Released in 2008, the second effort from The Nightwatchman (AKA Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave fame) is a rather enjoyable affair although I cannot compare it with his debut since I have not heard it. For people expecting razor-sharp riffs and pedal-heavy solos, The Fabled City will be somewhat of a disappointment but those of a more embracing disposition will find much to enjoy and will discover a more intimate and revealing side to one of the most distinctive guitarists of the last decade or two.

The album opens with the eponymous title track, a rousing acoustic riff with sparse but pounding instrumentation from Brendan O'Brien, with Morello's baritone… Read more

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