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Disappointing but not as bad as I first thought
on 22 March 2015
It took me a while to accept that this was not the worst ever album by Gamma Ray - but while it has grown on me there is no getting away from the fact that what is good about it is utterly unoriginal. You feel that you have heard it all before. The other main fault, the solos are just not that good - the first track, for instance, is an epic but it lacks really good solos. Many of the other songs remind you of something on one or more previous albums. They have also plumbed new depths with the appalling lyrics to Pale Rider (sorry - not my thing), though musically it's not bad. This offering is a far cry from Powerplant which was instantly recognisable as a masterpiece. Let's hope for better next time out.