|Review: Montany - New Born Day|
|New Born Day|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2002
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 28, 2008
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:New Born Day
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
A fairly early addition to the lucrative Limb Music catalogue, New Born Day was the only full length release to surface from Dutch metallers Montany, which is a crying shame considering the expansion promised and hinted at with this at times striking album. Believe it or not, there isn't a lot of originality to be found here, except that Montany strived to explore every nook and cranny of the Power Metal spectrum to create what is ultimately a very varied genre record, with elements of many of its leading lights popping up in various positions and formats.
New Born Day is a very melodic trip through Helloween/Gamma Ray country, but despite their obvious influences there is a metallic crunch to the guitar work, producing riffs that are both memorable and sharper than a stiletto heel. There are plenty of harmonized guitar runs — in the Kai Hansen mould, naturally — hammering double kick drums, crystalline keyboards, and powerful, punchy choruses that are sadly marred by Patrick van Maurik's flat attempt at the Kiske falsetto. Having said that, his mid range sits very comfortably within the boundaries of the vocal lines, and tracks like "Sentenced", "World of Dreams (The Evermore)", and catchy opener "Back from the Sky" have proved incredibly enjoyable even after all these years.
As expected, the production, courtesy of the legendary Uwe Lulis, has clarity without obscuring the heavier nature of the songs, giving New Born Day a full, pouting countenance that makes it all the more listenable. Despite the minor vocal problems and familiar generic problems, Montany had a great start here, and those who like what bands such as Morifade have dished up in recent years will find a lost gem of anthemic, duel-guitar Power Metal in this album. It's just a shame the band never lived to see a second day so soon after their conception.
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