|Review: Felony - First Works|
Label: Escape Music
Year released: 2006
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: September 5, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
There was a lot of heralding of Felony as the next big thing in the melodic metal world back in 2006, though on the strength of their lauded debut, I would say those claims were exaggerated. There's nothing wrong here: the band throw out most of the clichés and go for a sound that unites the theatrics of mid-period Kamelot with a sweet AOR core, featuring the duel male and female vocals of Andreas Wildi and Andrea Richner. Not an awful lot of double kicking or dragon slaying to be had, however those with a fondness for keyboards and in particular, 80s-sounding synths, will seriously dig "My Way" and the rambunctious "Say Goodbye", two of the highlights of this rather overlong disc. The vocal performances are decent enough (at times, this reminds me of Narnia's weakest moments), and the Sascha Paeth production gives First Works that special polish, but while this is, in a way, an unconventional attempt, it's not going to light any fires. It is merely serviceable.
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