Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Melodic progressive (power) metal
Release date: 22 May, 2015
Playing time: 33:00

Back in 2003 I bought their debut album 'Dreaming Awake' for a so called 'newcomer price'. Perhaps I would not have bought it for a higher price and then I sure would have missed something. I was impressed by the melodic songs with nice refrains and keyboard lines. The mix of AOR, power metal and progressive stuff convinced me. Now 12 years later, the band found that a few songs on that album are too good not to get a new chance with a better production.

The first four are re-recorded songs of their debut album with hired (or is he already in the band) vocalist Daniel Heiman who also performed on their 2014 album "Theatre Of Redemption'. The guitars sound a bit more in front than on the debut and the keyboards a little bit further to the background, but for the rest the songs didn't change a lot. I can't say that I like the new versions better than the first ones, the combination of nice refrains, melody, nice riffs and the progressive elements are still something I appreciate. The two new songs are just in the line of what you expect from Harmony. The first "In His Heart" has a very commercial AOR refrain but also the typical crunchy guitar riffs. I can advice the band to continue with Daniel on the vocal part, because his singing is the icing on the cake. After an accoustic guitar intro "Feed My Hunger" underlines that the band has reached a level that there are no weak songs anymore. It is an epic track typical Harmony style.

Fans of the band have to decide if two new tracks and the re-recorded songs are worth to spend their money on. I like them, but I can imagine that if you already own their debut, that only legal downloading the 2 new tracks is enough.

01. Eternity
Dreaming Awake
Without You
In His Heart
Feed My Hunger
Label: Ulterium Records
Distribution: Sound Pollution
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 19 May, 2015
Website: http://www.facebook.com/harmonysweden