I'm a huge Skyfire fan and i love all their albums, so if your looking for an impartial, unbiased review i'm probably not the best one to ask.
If you're not familiar with Skyfire, they play a brand of symphonic metal thats not to disimmilar from other Swedish and Finnish bands. However, Skyfire differ in that they are far darker and more atmospheric then most with a definite black metal edge (especially vocally) and bit of prog thrown in for good measure. Musically, its just so much deeper then the likes of Norther
Mind Revolution is probably their best cd yet. Following on from Timeless Departure, Mind revolution takes their sound to the next level. The keyboards are a bit more subdued and some of the classical elements have been slighly toned down to give a much more aggressive, guitar centred and more crunchy-metal sound. It's still very melodic and technically brilliant, but altogether sharper, more precise and showcasing a greater mastery of their instruments and song writing prowess then the often chaotic song arrangments of their debut. It's also heavier and shows alot more variety
It kicks off with Nightmares Nevermore, which is a pretty good opener but nothing special. However, as soon as Haunted by Shadows gets going you know this is something special. Mixing up some In Flames style riffing with some chilling keyboard breaks and a great chorus, it gives a good idea of whats to come. Other tracks like Colliding in Mind and Caged really show Skyfire's new taste for speed, while Dawn will Break has a much darker black metal feel. This album also sees the band experiment with many prog influences and spacey keys, such as on the excellent Shades of Insanity, which would be developed fuller on Spectral. Blinded by Euphoria is an absolute classic and pretty much covers all the elements of the album - melodeath-prog-thrash-power metal-black metal - in one glorious beast of a song.
All in all, this is an expertly written album from a band that can use many different musical styles and combine them with intelligent song writing and flawless performances. what i love most about Skyfire is that, while alot of this is very technical, they also know when to sit back and chug, when to use simple guitar riffs and when to let the keyboards do the talking. and when they do get technical it's never indulgent or showing off- it adds to the feel of the song. If you ask me this is head and shoulders above most of the other bands playing this kind of music.
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