Have you ever heard of Dolly the Sheep? She was the first
successfully cloned animal. Now we have the first successfully
cloned metal band: Awake. This British metal act has been
proclaimed to be: "The saviours of the British progressive metal
scene" (as if there has ever been one?) - Well I won't go that far,
but one statement about them; "The English Evergrey" is very true!
'Illumination' is their sophomore album, and they have recorded it
in Gothenburg with Tom S. Englund at the helm and his fellow
Evergrey compatriot Henrik Danhage is also appearing on the album.
And their style is shaped in the Evergrey mould - so are they simply
ripping Evergrey off one might ask? No, even though they sound a lot
like them, they still manage to distance themselves from them.
They are not the first band ever to wear their influences on the
outside, and the comparison with Evergrey is mostly due to the fact
that vocalist Simon Shedwell sounds awfully close to Tom in all
has delivered a well balanced album with 11 well crafted songs with
balls, atmosphere and heaviness, Tom S. Englund has given them the
perfect sound for this style - he should know shouldn't he? And just
like itís the case with Evergrey, Awake is guitar driven with
powerful guitar riffs nicely complimented with fine keyboard parts
and a solid rhythm section that's laying the foundation for these
strong and powerful songs.
will never call them original nor innovative, but their music is
great power metal with a strong progressive edge and I enjoy
listening to this album. If you can look past the obvious influence
and just sit back and listen to this powerful music, then I am sure
you'll discover just how great this album really is...