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...BIG sounding symphonic / power metal...,
This review is from: The Last Alliance (Audio CD)
All the way from Lappeenranta, Finland come Battlelore with their fifth album, "The Last Alliance". If I tell you that the ply their trade in epic, fantasy, symphonic / power metal, you won't be surprised to learn that their latest album is based on storylines from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. So far, so stereotypical. If I were to add in that they also do the whole clean female vocals / male growls thing, you may well be looking over your shoulder for something more interesting to distract you. But don't go just yet.
For sure, there is absolutely nothing original in what Battlelore are doing, but does it really matter when it's so damned enjoyable? Sometimes you just need to go with the flow, position your foot on an imaginary monitor, and let it rip. And that's exactly what you get here.
I actually recall early Battlelore being a bit rubbish, so never kept up with them, but turns out that their last album "Evernight" was a big step forward for them in songs, performance and production. Because this album certainly rocks. The twin vocals of Kaisa Jouhki and Tommi Mykkanen work well, playing off each other well, and the added symphonic keyboard touches are very well done. Add in a BIG production sound, and you end up with some truly epic tunes like 'Exile The Daystar', 'The Great Gathering' and 'Voice Of The Fallen' to soundtrack your next role playing evening.
Overall, this is an excellent album, chock full of the best elements of symphonic / power metal. Miss out at your peril.
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2009 21:48:17 GMT
A good review, though I just want to pick up on a couple of things. Sorry to nit-pick. If you had 'kept up' with them you'd realize that all of their albums, not just this latest one are based on Tolkien's Middle Earth. They're something of a concept band! They have called themselves Arctic Fantasy Metal in the past. And I have to defend early Battlelore albums - they certainly were not rubbish at all, though they have got better and better with time. As you can guess, I've followed the band from their beginnings and they're among my favourites.
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