|Review: Frozen Land - Frozen Land|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: November 29, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (2 Votes)
Power metal ("happy" metal, "flower" metal, call it what you will) peaked in the early 2000s with bands like Sonata Arctic, Edguy, Angra and others double-kicking their hearts out, sinuously weaving keyboards and guitars together and singing so high, only dogs could hear the choruses. I know it doesn't appeal to everyone, but personally I love the stuff which is why I was smiling ear to ear when I heard the self-titled debut from Finland's Frozen Land.
All the power metal clichés are here as Frozen Land faithfully adhere to the formula laid down by the pioneers. The band gloriously avoids trying anything new that might detract from the experience. Is the songwriting derivative? Yes, but that's what we WANT! We just want the songs well-written and Frozen Land are all over that shit. "Loser's Game" is a lightning-fast opening with a soaring chorus Tobias Sammet wishes he'd written, "The Fall" brings down the tempo but cranks up the lush vocal harmonies à la Timeless Miracle, "The Rising" opens with a dueling keyboard/guitar riff that wouldn't be out of place on Ecliptica and "Unsung Heroes" uses echo as effectively as Celesty ever did.
If you disliked power/flower/happy metal back in the day, this isn't going to change your opinion. However, if you love double-kick, keyboard flourish, ear-piercing high note metal the way I do, you must own this album. Highly recommended.
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