Power of Metal.dk Review

Desert Sin
Destination Paradise
Style: Melodic Metal
Release date: 20 January 2012
Playing time: 46:19

The Austrian rockers in Desert Sin, has with an hammer and a anvil forged together their second metal creation on "Pure Steel Records" and named it "Destination Paradise", 2 years after they released their debut album "The Edge of Horizon". DS delivers old fashioned melodic metal in the power metal genre. Sandro Holzer on vocals is relatively high in the tone, almost in castrato vocal level, but still not quite as high as for instance Rob Halford, because he also manages the darker melodies just perfect.

With fast doublebass drums from Harold Vogl and with the Iron Maiden-smelling songs creates Desert Sin a recognizable atmosphere on "Destination Paradise", where I think they don't really copes with the complicated style and it gets a little fuzzy and it feels like the instrumental technique is not fully there. It is nice and special that they have a keyboardist (Roman Fischer) that creates a tighter sound than other groups in this genre tend to have and for that they shall have a round of applause.

They have done a solid work and an alright rock album, but without any earthshaking tracks that forces me to go nuts and play wild air guitar or air drums. "Follow Me", "In Silence" are the strongest tracks on the album and these songs I'll keep in my iPod for a while, but in the melodic metal genre the competition is hard and against bands like: Kamelot, Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, Helloween and so on, I don't think Desert Sin have a the right size to compete.

Although I have been totaly concentraed when I was taking the songs into my mind and after several listens, it stills feel pretty beige and watery, and from me, this album will a get mediocre score on the rating scale.

01. Awakening
02. Destination Paradise
03. Kill the King
04. Would you release me
05. Follow me
06. In Silence
07. The Seed of Destruction
Circle of Twilight
Label: Pure Steel Records
Distribution: Pure Steel Records
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 2 January 2012
Website: www.myspace.com/desertsinband