|Review: Neonfly - Outshine The Sun|
|Outshine The Sun|
Label: Rising Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: September 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Outshine The Sun
Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (6 Votes)
When it comes to producing quality Power Metal, the UK isn't the most lucrative hotbed of creativity, but I think fans of the genre will join me in welcoming Neonfly to the flock with their slick debut Outshine The Sun, an album that takes the standard staple and gives it a unique spin. While there is obviously some way to go for these young Londoners (they have grown since their Clever Disguise EP, that's for sure), this is still an enjoyable, heartwarming album that doesn't quite fit with the kind of speedy, pompous style the Europeans are so fond of putting out. There are no Freedom Call moments, no nods to Stratovarius or Rhapsody, but rather a cool, almost traditional edge in the guitar work, mid-paced percussion, and a slew of AOR melodies that keep songs like "Broken Wings", "The Enemy" and "Ship With No Sails" catchy and memorable. There's more of a Mob Rules feel here than anything one might expect, and in frontman Willy Norton, they have a dead ringer for Michael Eden, strengthening the hard rock connection. There is still a good dosage of double kicking, big vocals, and crotch-grabbing Edguy moments, but overall, this is more sophisticated than the usual blast of Limb Music cannon fodder.
What I like about Neonfly and their charming first attempt is that they could take it in many different directions; there is a successful act hiding somewhere within Outshine The Sun, and with more years behind them, it's bound to emerge. Move over Power Quest: there are new kids on the block.
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