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Like power metal??? Then you need this album,
This review is from: Neverworld (Audio CD)
For too long the UK has had a lack of real metal talent. I mean, look at Europe and you have the likes of Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Edguy, Blind Guardian, Nightwish etc. Well, it's about time we caught up with them and there is a band who could make that breakthrough. So, here is the highly anticipated follow up to the impressive debut album 'Wings of Forever'. The UK's very own Power Quest has seen changes since then with the addition of Andrea Martongelli on guitars and Andre Bargmann does the drums on this album. Musically there are some notable differences aswell. this is not your typical generic power metal album. There are progressive elements and some classic hard rock influences thrown in here too.
Opening with title track 'Neverworld' it really gets off to flying start with a typical Euro-styled power metal anthem complete with a huge chorus. 'Temple of Fire ' carries on in the same way and is probably the catchiest song on the album and it sounds great live too. 'Edge of Time' is where the group make their first deparure from their previous material. Anyone remember 'Jump' by Van Halen? Well, listen to the intro to this track and you'll be instantly reminded. Yes, this is a classic hard rock song of epic proportions. 'Sacred Land' is up next and this is another fast and catchy song that will stick in your head for days. Next is the ballad 'When I'm Gone' and this is really is a stunning piece building up into a very memorable and moving song. 'For Evermore' is my tip to be a fan favourite when played live. The song is simply full of energy and is definitely among my favourites. Next up is 'Well of Souls' which has a great atmosphere and I like this song more everytime I hear it. On track 8 'Into the Light' bassist Steve Scott shows he can also write some great music, and it's a very nice song too, being instantly appealing and catchy. It's the final track 'Lost Without You' which sees the biggest departure for the band. This ten minute masterpiece has a very progressive feel and also features the talents of Edenbrige's stunning vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher duetting with Alessio Garavello to incredible effect. It's a great way to end the album and one can only wonder just how Power Quest are not already a household name.
To sum it up, the band have taken an immense step forward. This album really has it all. Keyboardist Steve Williams again shows his incredible talent at writing catchy and powerful metal anthems. Put simply, if you like melodic/symphonic Power Metal then you owe it to yourself to check out this band. Power Quest, together with Dragonforce are going to make a huge impact on the metal scene this year.