|Review: Glory Opera - Equilibrium|
Label: Megahard Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 26, 2011
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
This is a power metal band from Brazil trying to be Angra; can you feel the boredom yet? Glory Opera put out two albums, this being the second one, and it really doesn't do a whole lot for me at all. This is one of those power metal albums that ascribes to the school of being really ornate and elaborate, writing songs that intersperse rumbling guitars with lots of keyboards, pianos, folky parts and other stuff that makes it sound like a giant power metal pizza. So it's basically trying to be Temple of Shadows, and honestly, they need some work.
First, a 25 frigging minute song in the middle of the album? That's just overkill, and you can't tell me with a straight face that this needed to be that long. I mean come on - 25 minutes? It's a 7 minute song at best. It's really shapeless and while there are some cool parts, it wears out its welcome halfway through. Most of the songwriting in general is like this. I will say "The Darkest Fear" and "First Hunting" are good songs, and there are scattered moments of quality all throughout, but then you also get stuff like the shapeless, bland opener "Ants of Fire" or the interminable "Tempest of Fury," which are just dull, dull, dull.
The playing is pretty good, but the vocal lines are soggy and often un-catchy, and the production sucks. Mostly this whole thing is just too long and too under-developed to be any good. These songs just go on and on and it's a shame, because you can tell the band was really into this, and was trying hard to make this album really exciting and epic, but it just doesn't work. So maybe their next one will be better. Until then, this isn't terrible but it is pretty heavily flawed.
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