Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Power Metal
Release date: 19 February, 2014
Playing time: 53:12

Third album of Italian folk power metal combo Spellblast. Did I say folk? Well on the first 2 albums they were indeed a metal band with a lot of folk influences, but on this new album they have moved away from that style. There is also a new singer called Daniele Scavoni, he has a lower sounding voice than his predecessor and his pronounciation of the English language is better. He sticks to the new music style the band is playing. The lyrics on this album are based on "The Dark Tower" story origanally written by Stephen King.

Back to the music, gone are most of the violins, pipes and other traditional instruments and for me that is a disappointment. I liked Spellblast because of the fact that they didn't sound like the umpteenth (Italian) power metal band. With the music style they play on this new album, they sound a lot like many other orchestral power metal bands around the globe. They aren't really different anymore. Sure, the songs have warm orchestral parts and the music isn't bad of course, but I don't think it is special anymore.

For the traditional power metal fan there is enough to like on this album and indeed the country and Western influences in "Highway to Lud" and "The Reaping" are nicely implemented in the music. Personally I prefered the old Spellblast style more, but there will be a lot who love this new style for sure, judge yourself.

01. Banished
Eyes in the Void
Highway to Lud
A World That Has Moved On
The Reaping
Into Demon's Nest
Blind Rage
Shattered Mind
Until the End
We Ride
11. Programmed to Serve
12. Endless Journey
13. The Calling
Label: Independent
Distribution: www.spellblast.com
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 25 February, 2014
Website: www.spellblast.com