Crimson Skies

Release date: June 3rd 2006
Music Heaven
Distribution: GerMusica
Melodic Metal with a Progressive Edge

Rating: 75/100
Cover artwork rating: 75/100

Reviewed by:
Peter Laursen
May 1st 2006

Swedish Melodic Metal outfit CLOUDSCAPE is back with the successor to their self-titled debut album and it’s called “Crimson Skies”.

Their debut album received good reviews from around the world and it gave them an opportunity to play at “Progpower Europe” in Holland which was CLOUDSCAPE’S first gig outside of Sweden. “Crimson Skies” was recorded at Roastinghouse Studios and was produced by Pontus Lindmark. Executive producer was Anders “Theo” Theander. The cover artwork is once again done by Mattias Noren.

The music here on this release is in exactly the same vein as their debut album so nothing has changed. I had the same small problem with this new album as I had with their debut… I was a little disappointed at first, but after numerous listens it opens up. Still I could wish for more memorable choruses but the musicianship is top notch.

If you find their debut album stunning I’m sure that you will be pleased with “Crimson Skies” too. Just give it the time it needs to open up. CLOUDSCAPE is all about Melodic Metal with a Progressive edge and there is a very good atmosphere on “Crimson Skies”.

My favourite tracks are “Shadowland”, “Take the Blame”, “Psychic Imbalance” and “Will we Remain” and I find this new release a tad better than their self-titled debut album.

Most of you out there should listen before you buy, but fans of CLOUDSCAPE won’t get disappointed.  

Recommended tracks: See above.