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Review: Kenziner - Phoenix

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 42:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 4, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

I wasn't especially impressed by Kenziner's The Prophecies when I reviewed it more than 20 years ago and didn't bother checking out anything release by the band since. I recently revisited that album and I still stand by what I wrote in 2000. With that said, Phoenix is definitely more up my alley. The power metal is more in your face this time around, very European in style with an upbeat vibe that manages to steer clear of the "happy" tag. The clear, loud vocals are not overbearing and on a few songs it's hard not to sing along—catchy stuff that will stick so hard that it'll drive you nuts. It's not the fastest thing in the genre, though they do crank the speed up a notch here and there in very speedy power metal fashion, moving away from an otherwise more accessible style. I got enough of a kick out of Phoenix to check out their previous albums and, well, I can say that this one kicks the most ass, with the band having a better sense of direction and producing a more cohesive album as a result. If you'd written Kenziner off before, Phoenix is worth checking out as it might just get you on board.

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