Angel of Eden
The End of Never
Style: Neo-Classical Metal
Release date: November 16th 2007

Guitarist Roger Staffelbach, whom some of you might recognize from his work in Artension has created a new project to pursue his ambitions to play good old school neo-classical metal, like Symphony X and Artension used to do...

Teaming up with him is vocalist Carsten Schulz (Evidence One, Domain), keyboard player Misteria (Winterlong, Rob Rock, Bruce Dickinson) and drummer Rami Ali (Evidence One). Guests include bass player Steve Di Georgio (Sadus, Testament, Death etc.), guitarist Dave Shankle (ex-Manowar), keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell, etc.) and vocalist John West (Artension, ex-Royal Hunt). The outcome is great piece of classic power metal with focus on the neo-classical areas...

If you choose to record an Yngwie Malmsteen cover-version - "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget" - then you are clearly in touch with the basics in neo-classical metal, and the version is actually very well done.

The outcome here is an action-packed album with lots of great guitar work, brilliant guitar vs. keyboard duels and pounding drums. Carsten Schulz' vocals are for most parts kept in the higher end of the scale, and he does not have the strongest voice around. The result is an acceptable performance, where John West shines brighter and the instrumentals mark the highlights on the album.

Good one!

01. The End of Never
02. Dreamchaser
03. Angel of Eden
04. Return of the Pharaoh (Pt. 1)
05. The Battle of 1386
06. Into the Black
07. Return of the Pharaoh (Pt. 2)
08. Keys to Avalon
09. Stampede
10. Towards the Light
11. You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget
Label: Lion Music
Provided By: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier / Amigo (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: January 18th 2008