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Review: Galloglass - Heavenseeker

Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2005
Duration: 52:13
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 25, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.07/5 (81.43%) (14 Votes)

Here we have the second album by German Power Metal machine Galloglass. I liked their first album, "Legends Of Now And Nevermore" quite well, not as much as Requiem liked it, but well enough. So I was excited to get this new one of theirs before its official release.

Galloglass play very standard Power Metal in the vein of fellow LMP band Human Fortress, with a tiny bit of folk influence in the form of a violin added to the guitar melodies. It's a nice touch, and it goes a long way towards establishing some identity for this band. Overall, I have to say "Heavenseeker" is not as good as its predecessor. The production is strong, and the guitars sound good and heavy, and they chug out some good riffs. But the songwriting itself is not up to the levels of "Legends". True, most of the songs on that album were more standard Power Metal fare like "Ancient Times" and "Remember The Fire", but there were a few real crackers on there, like the catchy "A Wintertale" and the absolute killer "Eye To Eye", but "Heavenseeker" offers no such bright spots. All of this album is good enough, with good sound and some good riffs, but the vocal lines never live up to that, and what you are left with is an album that is okay while it is playing, but leaves nothing even slightly memorable in its wake. I know Carsten Frank is a better singer than this, and I know he can write better than this, so I'm very disappointed in this disc.

I was hoping the flashes of brilliance Galloglass showed on their first CD would blossom into a real monster of a Power Metal album. That didn't happen, but it still could. A sophomore slump is nothing surprising, and I can hope that they will really rip the top off it on their next one. Otherwise Galloglass will end up as just another pretty good Power Metal band.

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Review: Legends From Now and Nevermore (reviewed by Larry Griffin)
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