|Review: Eagleheart - Moment of Life|
|Moment of Life|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: April 24, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
for:Moment of Life
Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)
I don't know if I've ever heard a band that sounded so close to early Edguy that wasn't early Edguy themselves, but here it is anyway. Eagleheart are a Power Metal band from the Czech Republic, and this is their debut album. The sound on display here isn't particularly spellbinding or groundbreaking, but it is enjoyable, and a strong, full production job combined with a snappy, melodic guitar attack and full-speed-ahead double bass drums make Moment of Life slightly above average from what I expected at first, and right from the opening bombast of "At the End of Forever," Eagleheart don't let up, plowing forward with a set of highly entertaining Power Metal crackers that are divided either into the camp of the Fast, Happy and Melodic Speed Killer and the Metal Ballad, as is expected. Eagleheart won't be getting any customer complaints any time soon; they have their job down pat.
This is a tad more complex than what you'd think, with more time changes and more intricate melodies than are usual for the genre, but it doesn't quite hit the "Prog" level, not this time. The whole package is pretty much what I would've expected Edguy to release after Vain Glory Opera, with a concise sense of melody and tight, punchy songwriting raising songs like the fantastic "Into the Sky" and the lethal title track straight up to the stratosphere, and with "Don't Turn Your Head" being practically a lost Edguy track in itself, with an extremely catchy chorus and driving melodies. The only drawback is the vocalist, who isn't at all bad, but lacks charisma, possessing a competent but flat and listless voice that I was ready to hate at first - luckily I went back for another listen later and found that he was tolerable and did his job well enough. He sounds pretty good on the ballads, but his voice can't hold up under the pressure of the more challenging, high-octane tracks here, and that is a problem. Musically, though, Eagleheart are very promising, and with a bit of refinement, they could become a force to be reckoned with in the Power Metal world, so we'll have to keep an eye out for them in the future.
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