Return to Reality

Release date: July 1st 2005
Underground Symphony
Provided by: Pandaemonium
Symphonic Power Metal

Rating: 80/100
Reviewed by:
Jørgen Ditlev
December '05

Pandaemonium was formed back in 1995 out of the ashes of a thrash band called Mad Faith. In 1996 they released their “Sabbath Day” demo, and in 1997 another demo called “The Alchemist”.

Then in 1999 their debut album “…and the Runes Begin to Pray” was released thru the Underground Symphony label. Now 6 years later their second album “Return to Reality” finally sees the light of day, the lineup has been changed with 3 men out of the band and 2 new ones in.

“Return to Reality” delivers the usual Italian mix of Rhapsody and Secret Sphere but with a medieval twist. First of all the production is a lot better than on the “…and the Runes Begin to Pray” album, also the vocals from Daniel Reda have improved a lot.

“Time of Glory”, “Fires in the Sky”, “Miracle” and the instrumental “Blazing Fire” is the best moments from “Return to Reality”, there is also a great video to “Time of Glory” on the album.

So if you’re into Rhapsody, Secret Sphere and old Labyrinth, then check this one out.