Power of Metal.dk Review

Where Dreams Are Forgotten
Style: Melodic Powermetal
Release date: 28 November, 2014
Playing time: 50:00

Not only Swedish melodic metal band Harmony releases a new album, but colleagues Axenstar also. Although you can put the stamp melodic power metal on both, there sure is a big difference in their music. In general this Axenstar is a lot faster and more direct. Another fact is that singer Magnus Wilterwild, although not a bad vocalist, can't win the competition with Harmony vocalist Daniel Heimann. Nevertheless Magnus is a singer that fits to the music, but in my opinion he could have been a bit more powerful.

The album listens away very easy and doesn't get boring for a minute. The guitars have a rather heavy sound and the drums are tortured with violent bangs. Just listen to the drums in "My Sacrifice" and you know what I mean. The band can be placed in the same row as bands like Steel Attack and Sonata Arctica. Heavy, melodic and rather fast songs with class. The only difference from these two bands is that there are no songs that really keep hanging in your head. All the songs are good, but do sound a lot like eachother after a bit. A little more variety in tempo and in song writing would make this album even better. On the other hand there isn't anything really to comment upon. For a song like "Annihilation" you can wake me up any time and the riffs of "Greed" make me very excited.

If you want it a bit heavier and faster than Harmony, this sixth album by Axenstar is just what you might need. The end of 2014 turns out to be a Swedish (melodic) power metal party with releases of Axenstar, Harmony and the mighty new Bloodbound album.

01. Fear
Inside the Maze
My Sacrifice
Curse of the Tyrant
The Return
09. The Reaper
10. The False Imagery
11. Sweet Farewell
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Distribution: Sound Pollution
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 26 November, 2014
Website: www.axenstar.com