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Good album From Band who are capable of much better
on 19 November 2007
Gamma ray have released many great albums, including land of the free, powerplant and somewhere in space. even their not brilliant albums such as no world order and insanity and genius and majestic have had an all around great sound, with some brilliant songs. I was looking forward to this album very much as, well, its a new album by them simple as that, and gamma ray have never before really made a bad or even average album. On the first listen i gave it i enjoyed it quite a bit. there was the usual gamma ray variety and mix if sounds (usually in the one song!), such as hard rock, pwoer metal, melodic heavy and so on, and the melodies were very decent, but on listening to it again i have found it extremely lacking in substance.
On the surface, like i said, everything is fine, but when you dig a little deeper, you find that this album lacks passion. not only that, but the songs have very little power or any good hummable or memorable tunes at all. I could have put up with sub par songs, but the production is also a disappointment, it somehow feels like every instrument is looking for attention, all at the same time and sometimes it feels like things (especially the guitars) get buried in the mix a little bit. As well as that, the actual guitar riffs and melodies, like the melodies of the full songs pale in comparison to ,really any album gamma ray have made in the past.
To sum it up, this album has everything a gamma ray fan would normally like, great variety and typical (little TOO typical this time though, it feels like a lot of the melodies have been completely recycled)power metal/heavy metal melodies, but although it is an enjoyable listen, it is also a little depressing one, as this lacks the passion of any previous gamma ray album, without any great standout songs or melodies whatsoever (the only stand out i can pick from the bunch is the really very good "into the storm"), and the usual shiftng of melodies and tones gamma ray usualy does so well becomes boring, as none of the melodies featured in the songs are brilliant, and this time the progrssive touches make it feel fairly cluttered. a going-through-the-motions album which lacks passion or any stand out melodies or riffs. decent, but for gamma ray, a travesty. though, i guess the band has been churning out non stop greats since the original land of the free, and have had a remarkable run. we can put up with one good rather than great album for just now cant we?? we better!, its the first one we have ever actually HAD to put up with.
Basically what im trying to say is that every single gamma ray album since the first land of the free has been a melting pot of stunning pwoer, awesome vocals and amazing melodies, and this one simply isn't.
Best song: Into the storm
Worst song: Opportunity