|Review: Altaria - The Fallen Empire|
|The Fallen Empire|
Label: Metal Heaven
Year released: 2006
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:The Fallen Empire
Finnish warriors Altaria garnered themselves some attention with their first couple of records due to some famous names on the credits, but the band didn't come into their own until they made album number three. As a piece of work, The Fallen Empire is rather special, though the only semi-famous name is that of guitarist JP Alanen, who used to play in Celesty. Altaria are a neat unit because while their stuff is very much from the Sonata Arctica, Nightwish, and Leverage school, they perform it rather simply, without the use of double bass drums. This can make much of The Fallen Empire punchy and hard rock-esque, but it is still Power Metal, and the first three tracks will prove it.
"Disciples" is a kick ass opener, thumping with a simplistic but head-banging riff, and it contains a great chorus, well sung, backed up with some cool vocal harmonies. "Valley Of Rainbows" is the best song here, starting with its shiny and rather pompous refrain which gets better every time you hear it, and "Abyss Of Twilight" is an up-tempo rocker that succeeds without any double kicking. These three tracks make this worth picking up, and the rest of the album is strong too, particularly "The Lion" and "Outlaw Blood", but elsewhere there is a dip in quality, and the unsophisticated nature of their music does mean that The Fallen Empire isn't too exciting for the most part. Still, it has a super-polished production, the vocal melodies are great, and if you're a Power Metal nut that has yet to hear the awesome "Valley Of Rainbows" you need to remedy that right now. Not quite worth a four, but certainly a few listens.
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