|Review: Nocturnal Rites - Afterlife|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2000
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 13, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Go figure. Before buying this album, I read a few extremely negative reviews. I don't know what the hell those reviewers were thinking, because in my opinion this is a perfectly fine power metal album, which I even like more than its predecessor, The Sacred Talisman. The band has a new singer, and since it's been so long since I've listened to the previous album, I won't even start making comparisons. I can say that this new singer is perfectly fine, has a vocal range that fits the music very well, etc... Another "what the hell?" from me as some people did not hesitate to bash him when the album was released. He gets the job done, and very well. Good choice.
While the band doesn't break any new grounds with this album, after listening to it countless times, I can say that for once, I don't care. All the songs blend well with each other, the music is well done, hell, this is simply a very good album of in-your-face European power metal, and in my opinion one of the very good releases so far this year. Get it.
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