blend of religious lyrics and the high speed power
metal is not something I usually listen to and in
my first spins of Golden Resurrection's new album
'One Voice for the Kingdome',
I had many thoughts about the messages in the
songs. After the third/fourth listening I didn't
bother at all about the straight forward Christian
lyrics. This is not like Jerusalem or so, this is
metal, but with
a different angle in the lyrics!
The classical influences in some songs are well
balanced. Tommy ReinXeed on the guitar is a
powerhouse and is active on many albums this
winter. Christian Liljegren on vocals has a strong
and clear tune in his throat. The high speed metal
isn't shake my earth or so, and if they didn't had
the excellent guitarist in Tommy, this disc
would have passed with just a shrug. Christian's high
pitch vocals in 'The Temple Will Remain' is
stunning. In the awkwardly song 'Spirit War' I had
to push the skip button every time, I can't handle
The title track is much better with a strong
vocals and the typical rhythm in a galloping tempo.
It's in the middle the best songs appears. As the
hard rock song 'Night Light' with a pace of my
taste and more melodies. 'Golden Resurrection' is
a powerful metal tune with brilliant guitar riffs
and great classical elements. Another strong song
is 'Can't Slow Down', which is perhaps the best
track on the album.
The instrumental track 'Heavenly Metal' is also
one of my favourite songs; where Tommy really shows
his talent and get the space to spread his metal
wings and prove his greatness. In 'God's Mercy'
the tempo is slower and I find this song more
enjoyable with bigger melodies, but the
songwriting is not keeping the same high quality
as the music does. That is pulling my points down
a bit. 'Born for Strangers' is a genre typical
song with tempo changes and with some amazing
string bending from ReinXeed and the duel with
the keyboard as a spice.
The ending song is a true sleeping pill.
Overall is this an album with different theme in
the lyrics, if you are interested in the subject.
But if you are a guitar-based metal fan, you find
much ear candy on this disc. 'One Voice for the Kingdom' have its highs and
lows and my score
points end up at an OK level anyway.
Line up: Christian Liljegren - vocals, Tommy Reinxeed - guitars
& vocals, Steven K - bass, Rickard
Gustafsson - drums and
Olov Andersson on keyboard.