The second album by this band from Down Under is one that surely will be liked
by a lot of our readers. The mix of symphonic elements, lots of keyboards,
powerful rather low tuned guitar riffs, a bombastic production and a powerful
female voice on top is really nice to listen to. The songs have some progressive
elements in them and with the catchy keyboards and refrains the music sounds
very open and easy listening. Jennifer Borg has an impressive voice, which
sounds like a mix of Sharon Den Adel and Floor Jansen, but then without the
opera singing style but with a more power metal kind of approach.
Because of the low tuned guitars most of the songs sound rather heavy. In
between the heavier songs there are two ballads "Red Sky"and "Memoria's Longing"
in which the beautiful voice of Jennifer takes the lead. I like heavier songs
more. The with aggressive guitarriffs starting song "Stronger", the keyboard
parts overwhelmed song "Crystal Tears" and the progressive track "Machine" are
with "The Final Stand" four of my favorite tracks. The best track however is "Hideaway",
this progressive metal song has it all, great riffs, powerful singing, some
softer parts and a lot of tempo changes.
If you like a mix of Nightwish, Stratovarius, Within Temptation, Epica,
Amberian Dawn, Lacuna Coil, with progressive metal elements and one of the better
female voices in the scene...
You really SHOULD or should I say MUST check this one out!