|Review: Steel Engraved - On High Wings We Fly|
|On High Wings We Fly|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 3, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:On High Wings We Fly
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
The sophomore effort from German traditionalists Steel Engraved will hit the spot for those looking for quality underground Power Metal, thanks to a keen nod to Stratovarius in the keys and an impressive cacophony in the percussion department. On High Wings We Fly is exactly the kind of thing one would expect from a band worshipping at the altar of the genre's vanguard elite, and despite references to Gamma Ray, Helloween, and Jag Panzer, the basic blueprint for Steel Engraved comes from a fusion of neo-classical pomp via Dionysus and hard-nosed US riffs courtesy of Inner Wish.
Unlike some other bands, the line between the American and European styles is drawn closer here to Europe, meaning Steel Engraved only reach for the angry riff after offering a sublime melody or acrobatic vocal. Speaking of which, frontman Marco Schober might reach a little too high on opener "Desert Uprising", but that doesn't stop him upping his game for "Steeler", "Forlorn Empire", and the album's centerpiece, the epic, twin-guitar led "Solitary Mission". And if Schober's Olaf Hayer-meets-James Rivera style wasn't enough, the guitar and keyboard interplay takes On High Wings We Fly to another level of sophistication. Non-practicing Power Metal enthusiasts will find nothing of interest here, but rest assured, if you're hankering for a fix of the good stuff, Steel Engraved will do the trick.
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