Power of Metal.dk Review

Free Spirit
All the Shades of Darkened Light
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 28 February, 2014
Playing time: 44:15

Free Spirit from Finland sounds like they have just taken up the sound of Brother Firetribe with Def Leppard and H.E.A.T in a blend. The glorious 80s in every tune and note and they do not even try to invent something new, rather focus on their strengths and hits with their second album "All the Shades of Darkened Light ". Old rock heads like me and fans of the magic 80s hard rock with catchy melodies and brilliant vocal performances will play album this over and over again this summer.

Although the songs could be a much heavier and played with a stronger force, AOR fans will certainly not be disturbed by the choruses. The songs are catchy and well thought out and the hit potential is big. The final result is an album with love for brilliant guitar hooks and catchy choruses. The band is: Sami Alho (vocals), Vesa Yli- Mäenpää (guitars), Marko Haapamäki (guitars), Sami Hämäläinen (bass), Pasi Koivumäki (drums) and Timo Alho (keyboards).

The opener "Nights of Paradise" is a strong first song with blessed vocals and very melodic rhythms. With outstanding keyboard performance, big riffs and even bigger choruses; the chorus alone is worth wet dreams. With giant rhythm rolls "Living Tattoo" kicks in and with clear vibrato vocals, we are dealing with an extraordinary disc. The top track is "Hysteria", where the Finns combine all the definitions of 80 melodic rock. After such a strong intro, we still have more great songs with the following "Ever Come True", "The Dew of the Rose" and the calmer "Carry On". "Fever" is a crispy and easy to like song with classic riffs and easy going moods. With these 11 songs "All the Shades of Darkened Light" is an excellent and enjoyable journey. True love for the 80s hard rock and very high quality standard in the songs forces me to give them a higher rating than I first thought.

Free Spirit makes absolutely nothing new or deliver something earth-shaking, but established bands like H.E.A.T or Brother Firetribe - to their fans, I count myself - have to check this band out.

Thanks for this nice melodic rock album. My thumbs are up!!

01. Nights of Paradise
Living Tattoo
Ever Come True
The Dew of the Rose
Turn on the Night
Burning Love
Carry On
Label: Sam Agency Oy
Distribution: Sam Agency Oy
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 20 March, 2014
Website: www.freespiritrock.com