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An amazing blend of melodic hard rock and metal !
on 4 August 2014
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.