|Review: Voice - Golden Signs|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 22, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (10 Votes)
Third album for those German power metallers and their experience is starting to show. Unlike their second album, this one is not a grower but actually quite a catchy album almost from A to Z. They also cut down on the number of ballads which is a definite plus - after all, this is a metal album, right? Only one complete ballad on this one, with a couple of "half and half" songs. Golden Signs is more "aggressive" than its predecessor while still retaining some kind of a soft ring to the music, the latter often provided by the use of keyboards (which I wish they would have not used, or would have used less in some songs.) The vocalist is as good, if not better than on the second album, very clear and powerful vocals, although in a couple of places the vocals sound a bit weird (and seemingly, that was done on purpose.) The choirs are kept to a minimum, also a good thing especially considering that many power metal bands have been abusing those lately, most of the time leading to crappy results. Those who like guitar solos will be well-served as there are quite a good number throughout the album, sometimes saving a song from being a bit too mellow.
Overall this is a pretty well-balanced album that should please most power metal fans. Not an absolute must-have but still a good listen. Recommended.
- The last song on the copy reviewed is a limited edition bonus track
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