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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing blend of melodic hard rock and metal !
Unisonic's second album is destined to be one of the best rock albums of 2014. It simply has all the right ingredients mixed properly in order to create a very enjoyable and impressive result.

Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Place Vendome) on vocals, Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween, Gamma Ray) on guitars, Mandy Meyer (Gotthard, ex-Krokus) on guitars and Dennis Ward...
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too diverse
Hard to believe all the 5 * reviews but everyone to their own. This is better than the awful debut album but I would not recommend it to anyone. Forget the hype surrounding Kiske and Hansen it's only the songs that can make a genuinely good album.
This release is far too diverse and trying to please too many different genres. If you like AOR do you like power metal...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing blend of melodic hard rock and metal !, 4 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Light Of Dawn (Audio CD)
Unisonic's second album is destined to be one of the best rock albums of 2014. It simply has all the right ingredients mixed properly in order to create a very enjoyable and impressive result.

Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Place Vendome) on vocals, Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween, Gamma Ray) on guitars, Mandy Meyer (Gotthard, ex-Krokus) on guitars and Dennis Ward together with Kosta Zafiriou (Pink Cream 69) on the rhythm section, manage to create a very successful blend of melodic hard rock and melodic heavy metal that will please most fans of the two genres.

"Light Of Dawn" finds Unisonic more focused and very confident. The songwriting has improved, the instrumentation is mesmerizing, there are numerous impressive alternating guitar solos and Kiske provides one of the best vocal performances of his entire career. The album oozes with energy, technical proficiency, musical diversity and contains many excellent songs.

There are three power metal songs on offer and all of them are strong, managing to harken back to the old Helloween sound of the 80's. The most traditional of the three is the smashing opener "Your Time Has Come", which could easily fit in both Keeper Of The Seven Keys albums. This is the fastest song on the album and is blessed with an amazing chorus, high operatic vocals and a wonderful guitar solo section. "For The Kingdom" is heavier, includes some outstanding alternating guitar solos and a great chorus, while "Find Shelter" leans towards progressive metal and contains several tempo changes.

The majority of the remaining songs fall in the melodic hard rock category. One of the strongest is the epic "Night Of The Long Knives", which starts slow only to burst into a catchy hard rock groove. The chorus is really strong and the vocals soar to the heavens. The up-tempo "Throne Of The Dawn" is another highlight, featuring heavier riffs, some exquisite lead guitar work, impressive vocals and another great chorus. The successful single "Exceptional" is slower paced and groovy in the verses until it explodes into one of the most memorable heavy metal choruses on offer.

"When the Deed Is Done" leans towards AOR but is so well written and performed that it becomes another stand out track. The best of the slower songs is the closing ballad "You and I". Emotional and atmospheric it is comprised of acoustic guitar backing, a brilliant display of calmer vocals, an addictive chorus and a very fitting guitar solo.

Besides the album's strong points there are also a few flaws that are fortunately minimal and do not detract anything from the listening experience. The slower and balladry "Blood" kind of breaks the momentum created by the previous more energetic tunes, while the softer rocker "Not Gonna Take Anymore" also feels a little out of place after the powerful For The Kingdom.

If you enjoyed Unisonic's debut album this is a must buy and a much stronger offering. A perfect mix of hard rock and melodic metal, featuring excellent guitar work, some of the best vocals in the scene and several songs that will become future classics. This band is surely destined for greatness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the first album, 7 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Light Of Dawn (Audio CD)
This is a monster CD from the intro Venite 2.0 through to Bonus track Judgement day. I loved the first album, but this is a real step up. Excellent musicianship abounds; thumping drums, great interplay between Mandy Meyer and Kai Hansen, a more prominent bass line and a sublime vocal performance from Michael Kiske. Standout tracks for me are Your time has come, Exceptional, For the Kingdom, Night of the Long Knives and the splendid ballad You and I. The box set is full of goodies and well worth the extra money. Now some UK dates would be nice!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb old school heavy/power metal, 21 Aug. 2014
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Wow, where did this come from? I was underwhelmed by the hard rocking debut but this is a big step up and more in line with what I'd been hoping for from a Kiske/Hansen reunion. Whilst there is still a hard/heavy rock flavour to this a good deal of it sounds like Helloween circa 1988. The power metal is brought to the fore and Kiske sounds absolutely brilliant. In a very good year for heavy/power metal this could well be the pick of the crop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars intricate metal done right, 8 Dec. 2014
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Guitars reminiscent of Iron maiden, vocals from the lead singer of Helloween, bass that's punchy and unusually pronounced and an utterly refreshing overall sound.

Slight melodic leanings on top of a lighter metal sound and some of the sweetest guitar tones I've heard yet make this a standout in my metal collection.

I would highly reccomend this album; I've not been so consistently enamoured with an album for a while now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing!!, 19 Aug. 2014
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Unisonic kickin' ass again just like they did on their debut release! Totally solid songs and playing throughout! Please please Unisonic put the little island of the UK on your next tour map! Roccckkkkkk! Unisonic! J Counsell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unisonic - drive responsibly, 28 May 2015
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The second full album release from these guys, this is how Helloween would have sounded if Kai & Michael had still been in the band, but instead we get Unisonic. The pace of this album is awesome, it really gets your heart racing (I wouldn't recommend listening to it in the car, you may find that you start to break the speed limit). The production on this album is great, speed metal can often suffer from a blurred soundscape, but with Unisonic each instrument has clarity in the blend, with Michael's vocals rising above so you can hear each word of the lyrics. If you like Helloween in the '80's or Gamma Ray from the 90's to now, then you'll love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good article, a must have for the fans of ..., 10 Oct. 2014
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Very good article, a must have for the fans of unisonic and Helloween (Michael Kiske +Kai Hansen) / Gamma Ray / Place Vendome.

If more articles of this ware made, for sure the fans will buy more music (the price should be a little lower).

I recomended next time, put all the record in vinyl and in mp3 (not in CD), plus a bonus 7" like it was made and keep the T-Shirt and more pop up`s - This is the future for industry music !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first one, if possible., 25 Sept. 2014
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This is a killer album, even better than the first one. I love Kiske's voice, and this is a much better offering than the latest Place Vendome. All songs hit the mark, and Dennis Ward's production (and bass) is fantastic. There is no point in writing more - BUY THIS NOW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i would recommend the product and the seller, 3 April 2015
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I received the product as described, i would recommend the product and the seller, great service.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "If you like AOR do you like power metal, 6 Sept. 2014
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Nightman ( gave this 2 stars)...you need to 'spread your wings' dude...this is NOT too diverse in any way shape or form!

Nightman said: "If you like AOR do you like power metal ? If you like hard rock do you also like pop rock?"

Well actually the answer for a lot of people out there is a big resounding 'YES'!

Listen outside that tiny box you live in!

I own 6 albums by Arch Enemy but I also have 12 by Miles Davis, 10 Genesis, 7 Pink Floyd, 2 Chris D'Burgh, 100s of classical artists , the list goes on and on and on and gets even more eclectic!

This is a good album, but not a great one; melodically stronger than their first effort, but just a little bit too predictable at times.
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