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Review: Hyperion - Where Stone Is Unscarred
Where Stone Is Unscarred

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 57:59
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 20, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Where Stone Is Unscarred

Rated 3.11/5 (62.22%) (9 Votes)

Hyperion is an Italian metal band, so not surprisingly, there is some symphonic/opera mood to this debut album, and as is the case with other Italian bands, they've done a pretty good job.

Mostly melodic power metal with some speedier elements, the music is overall well executed with some touches of originality here and there, but nothing groundbreaking.  It sometimes fall in the repetitive, like they're hammering down at something... fortunately there isn't too much of that.  What makes this album more enjoyable is really the symphonic additions that sometimes show up unexpectedly in a song.

The weak point are the vocals.  Either the vocalist doesn't have too much range, or he just doesn't use it where it would seem appropriate.  To be fair, there are parts of the album where it seems that the problem is with the production rather than the vocalist himself.  But what he really has to work on is his extremely strong accent.  Sometimes I just can't understand a word he's saying, while at other times... well, he's understandable but the accent just ruins the song.  Yes, it's that bad.  Hopefully he'll work on this before the next album.  If it weren't for this, I'd give the album a rating of four.  The artwork is very well done.  If you can get past the accent, you'll like this album.

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