Lanfear

Rating: 85/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, December ‘04
Label:
Massacre Records
Style: Power Metal

aNother gOlden rAge

First off, this is by all means a good album! It has all the qualities you look for in a good album: well written songs, well played songs, a very good production, great songstructures and skillful musicians.

But, and there is a but, I think some the songs are a tad too "pretty" and polished. "aNother gOlden rAge" is the logical follow up to "The Art Effect" (2003), which saw them moving away from their very progressive second album "Zero Poems" - a sadly overlooked gem among progressive metal albums. Maybe I had too high hopes for another progressive metal album, one that had more in common with "Zero Poems" than with "The Art Effect", but don't get me wrong, this is a very good power metal album.

If you on the other hand loved the direction they took with "The Art Effect", then you should have no problems with this album, because "aNother gOlden rAge" is quality power metal, just take a listen to songs like: "Shades Of Black" - love the black metal vocals on this one or the ballad "Eternally" - I hate the saxophone on this one, but other than that a great ballad. Or "Outliving The Ages" - a song that pretty well sums up everything Lanfear is about, one of the best songs they have ever written. At times the vocalist do get a bit on my nerves, and I wish he wouldn't sing so high, but I guess that's just me nit-picking a bit.

Recommended tracks: "aNother gOlden rAge", “Shades Of Black” & "Outliving The Ages"

Link: www.lanfear.com