|Review: Euroforce - Euroforce|
Label: Sonic Age Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Neo-classical Power Metal
Review online: August 2, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (7 Votes)
Judging by the number of such-categorised releases I've seen in the past few months, it would seem that Neoclassical Power Metal is the new sound-of-the-month as far as power metal goes. I can't say I've been particularly impressed by what I've heard of the genre so far (admittedly, I've only heard three or four such albums.) They all left me pretty much indifferent, and Euroforce falls within that category, to some extent.
What we have here is a highly polished sound practically devoid of any aggressiveness (that'll wipe the metal right out of you.) The vocalist is quite decent, although some of the vocal lines almost hurt (in a bad way) when listening to them. There are some very good moments, however, such as in "By Neptune's Hand" and at the beginning of album closer "Byzantine Heritage". There's some little room for improvement there but overall his style fits the music pretty well.
The guitars lack power. This is boring. Lots of senseless high-speed pling-pling-pling that one could use to impress kids, but while an occasional use is OK, here there's just too much of that. Nowhere on this album did the guitars catch my attention (save for the pling-pling, but that's bad.) It's only on the quieter (quietest, actually) "By Neptune's Hand" that I found the guitars to be worthy of attention, and that's essentially a ballad. The speedy stuff just doesn't cut it. Well, your mileage may vary: There is a public/market for this style of metal, but anyone who likes guitar-heavy metal will starve here. That's not to say that the guys can't play, but the result here is kind of bland.
I may be making this album sound worse that it actually is. It is not horrible, just unremarkable and with some annoying moments (I won't even go at length on the occasional abuse of the keyboards... argh!) This is quite listenable and it does have its good moments, but I must admit that I'll probably never listen to this album again after I finish writing these lines (hell, I've listened to it about 25 times, that's more than enough.) But there is a public that likes watered down, upbeat power metal, and this will appeal to some. Just don't expect this to make any lasting impression. Hey, it's a debut and it can probably only go up from here, so I'll wait and see/hear what they come up with next.
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