Power of Metal.dk Review

Golden Resurrection
One Voice for the Kingdom
Style: Neo-Classical Power Metal
Release date: 18 January, 2013
Playing time: 48:55

The blend of religious lyrics and the high speed power metal is not something I usually listen to and in my first spins of Golden Resurrection's new album 'One Voice for the Kingdome', I had many thoughts about the messages in the songs. After the third/fourth listening I didn't bother at all about the straight forward Christian lyrics. This is not like Jerusalem or so, this is powerful metal, but with a different angle in the lyrics!

The classical influences in some songs are well balanced. Tommy ReinXeed on the guitar is a powerhouse and is active on many albums this winter. Christian Liljegren on vocals has a strong and clear tune in his throat. The high speed metal isn't shake my earth or so, and if they didn't had the excellent guitarist in Tommy, this disc would have passed with just a shrug. Christian's high pitch vocals in 'The Temple Will Remain' is stunning. In the awkwardly song 'Spirit War' I had to push the skip button every time, I can't handle that track.

The title track is much better with a strong vocals and the typical rhythm in a galloping tempo. It's in the middle the best songs appears. As the hard rock song 'Night Light' with a pace of my taste and more melodies. 'Golden Resurrection' is a powerful metal tune with brilliant guitar riffs and great classical elements. Another strong song is 'Can't Slow Down', which is perhaps the best track on the album.

The instrumental track 'Heavenly Metal' is also one of my favourite songs; where Tommy really shows his talent and get the space to spread his metal wings and prove his greatness. In 'God's Mercy' the tempo is slower and I find this song more enjoyable with bigger melodies, but the songwriting is not keeping the same high quality as the music does. That is pulling my points down a bit. 'Born for Strangers' is a genre typical song with tempo changes and with some amazing string bending from ReinXeed and the duel with the keyboard as a spice.

The ending song is a true sleeping pill.

Overall is this an album with different theme in the lyrics, if you are interested in the subject.

But if you are a guitar-based metal fan, you find much ear candy on this disc. 'One Voice for the Kingdom' have its highs and lows and my score points end up at an OK level anyway.

Line up: Christian Liljegren - vocals, Tommy Reinxeed - guitars & vocals, Steven K - bass, Rickard Gustafsson - drums and Olov Andersson on keyboard.

01. The Temple Will Remain
Spirit War
One Voice For The Kingdom
Night Light
Golden Resurrection
Can't Slow Down
Heavenly Metal
God´s Mercy
Born For The Strangers
Moore Lord
Label: Dolittle Group
Distribution: VME (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 6 January, 2013
Website: www.golden-resurrection.com