|Review: Freedoms Reign - Freedoms Reign|
Label: Cruz Del Sur
Year released: 2013
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 17, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
If The Metal Archives is to be believed, former Fates Warning guitarist Victor Arduini has been keeping a pretty low profile since he left the seminal Progressive Metal band after 1985's The Spectre Within. 2013 finds Victor returning to the world of Heavy Metal with his new band, Freedoms Reign and their self-titled debut album. Before those of you who welcomed 2011's Sympathetic Resonance, from current Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos and fellow Fates alum John Arch, start thinking that lighting is going to strike twice, think again. Freedoms Reign is much different than either classic Fates Warning or Sympathetic Resonance.
Hearing the heavily Sabbath-influenced Hard Rock/Heavy Metal on Freedoms Reign it isn't hard to imagine Victor's departure from Fates Warning being the result of musical differences, but that's ancient history. Victor, who handles the vocals as well as guitar, has a simple style, much like Ozzy, that suits the no-frills songwriting well. Freedoms Reign simply rock out as hard, fast and loud as they can, leaving just enough room for a wicked solo in the middle. This isn't Stoner, its more like all the faster songs Black Sabbath recorded, like "The Wizard," "After Forever" and "Symptom of the Universe," all rolled into one unrelentingly heavy album. Like Sabbath, there's no sacrifice of melody just for the sake of being heavy on Freedoms Reign, and even though the material is 70s influenced, the sound is sharp and the buzzy guitars and pounding bass drums leap out of the speakers. Not every song is a winner ("To Be" meanders around without really going anywhere) but as a whole, Freedoms Reign rocks and is a welcome return of a Metal pioneer.
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