|Review: Valhalla (Spain) - The Aftermath|
Year released: 2005
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: January 7, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (6 Votes)
Valhalla present here an hybrid between heavy metal (as in "traditional heavy metal") and "European Power Metal". The music itself is more deeply rooted in traditional, but there are several power metal moments as well where things get a little more "happy" or "flowery" (and hello double bass drums.) The vocals are definitely more on the happy metal side, often very high and add a lot of anthemic feel to many of the songs with some catchy choruses, when it's not simply all the vocal melodies that are catchy as hell. Personally this is a little too over the top for me, but if you're looking for some feel-good vocals, that ought to do the job. The last song, "Time", clocks in at over 11 minutes and is just too long. It's not a bad song per se but when you can't wait for the song to end, you know the bloody thing is just overdone. They could have chopped a few minutes off that one and it would have been a killer song.
Overall the album comes off as very well played, pretty cheesy, anthemic, epic heavy/power metal. Some people can't get enough of that stuff and will surely love this. I know that even if I don't listen to this again, some of the choruses will still be popping in my head every now and then. It's that catchy.
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