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Review: Floating Worlds - Below The Sea Of Light
Floating Worlds
www.floatingworlds.gr
Below The Sea Of Light

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 42:19
Tracks: 8
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: November 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Six years after their debut, Greek power metallers Floating Worlds are back with their sophomore effort. This time around I think the band felt all the more confident. Whereas on their previous effort the stronger material was somewhat lost amongst too many instrumentals and weak vocals, here Andreas V and co. come across focused, playing to their strengths, and cutting out on the unnecessary elements of their sound.

Of course Floating Worlds' primary focus is still cutesy, fluffy power metal. Think along the lines of the Italian school, particularly acts like Labyrinth and Vision Divine, as Floating Worlds' sound is drenched in keyboards and driven via propulsive drumming and electric guitars. Whilst I never found the vocals to be the strongest element to the band's sound, the recent addition of singer Jon Soti was a well-advised decision, and his smooth voice is ideal for the oft idyllic sounds displayed across Below The Sea Of Light.

For the most part this is a decidedly keyboard driven affair, and here I think it really works for the band. Whilst some of the keyboard parts are undoubtedly Euro-cheese fare, there are some well crafted sections throughout which take their cues from some of the finer eighties synthesizer luminaries. Luckily the electric guitars are still happening enough to warrant a metal moniker, and like I said very much take from the Italian school. With the bouncy, alternating note between power chords approach I oft associate with Labyrinth, yet likely derived from Judas Priest, and the heavier, rhythmic approach Nightwish built the later days of their Tarja era upon. Largely conventional, though without a doubt enjoyable, musically Floating Worlds rarely waver, although exception could be made for the tedious ballad "Till The End".

A vast improvement over their debut album, although still lacking the necessary songwriting skills and overall talent to break out into the big league. Floating Worlds at their finest are endearing with capable musicians, and some enjoyable songs. Not exactly anything to write home about, but if you have a love for the flowery Italian school of power metal – particularly the 1999 breed – then this is at least worth a couple of listens.

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