|Review: Signum Regis - The Eyes of Power|
|The Eyes of Power|
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Year released: 2010
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: December 15, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:The Eyes of Power
Second time round here for Signum Regis, a band based around the immense talents of bassist Ronnie Koing and ex-Malmsteen vocalist Goran Edman. Neo-classical Prog-Power is the order of the game, very much in the same flowery style as Majestic, Time Requiem, and Opus Atlantica, with a few jazz and hard rock inflections thrown in as well. As a concept album, this treads some unusual ground, discussing Roman-Persian relations in the Middle East during the late antiquity (224-630 AD). It makes for interesting visuals throughout the album, but it's the music we're all concerned with, and it's of a very high standard.
Edman's plastic vocal style might not be to everyone's taste, but I've never heard him sound this good, using a thick middle range that gets more interesting the more he pushes. His high notes are taut and nasal, but it gives him good distinction, which helps The Eyes Of Power become so lovable. There is a lot of stylish guitar work during "Purpleborn" and instrumental opener "Renewal In The East", and Konig's bass is one to watch out for, slurping away in the background while the vocal melodies and double kicks come over in waves. Making good use of a crisp but welcoming production, tracks like "Mystical Majesty" and "Oathbreaker" are really great Power Metal cuts, imitative but memorable, and the more adventurous sections during "The Underground Temple" are the kind of thing that makes you want to spin this over and over to get the measure of it.
Neo-classical Power Metal will always be a specialist style, as it rarely undergoes any changes, but Signum Regis play it as good as anyone. Keep your eye on 'em.
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