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Review: At Vance - Ride the Sky
At Vance
Ride the Sky

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 48:22
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 1.5/5

Review online: March 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
Readers Rating
Ride the Sky

Rated 3.68/5 (73.68%) (19 Votes)

After listening to At Vance's new album, Ride the Sky, I had an overwhelming sensation of "yuck." If the genre of "AOR metal" ever came into existence, this would be its prime example. Tepid, watered down, and uninspired, this album is full of lackluster riffs that seem designed for radio airplay. Much like the recent musical nosedive that Edguy has taken, At Vance has become a simple-minded band unable to retain to their glory days. Many of these songs focus on one riff (sometimes a good one, but not usually), that is repeated throughout the song, with Rick Altzi's bland voice meandering its way through their clichéd structures. The band's former neoclassical power has been replaced with humdrum arena rock posing as metal. The only resemblance to the style is halfway decent Vivaldi cover, where they overtly try to show their roots – at a time where nothing is left of their roots.

Another problem I have with this album is with some of the song titles. With eponymous song titles such as "Ride the Sky" and "Last in Line," you'd think this is a cover album. Despite the fact that "Last in Line" is the album's best song, it's still pretty stupid, like much of this album. After "Last in Line" comes "Wishing Well," the album's most idiotic song. If would be laughable if Altzi's sorry attempt at sounding throaty and pained didn't make me slightly nauseous.

Rick Altzi is not Oliver Hartmann. At Vance doesn't have its voice anymore, and they seem to not have their inspiration, either. It's time to lay this once glorious band to rest. Yuck.

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