|Review: Narnia - The Great Fall|
|The Great Fall|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: April 20, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
for:The Great Fall
Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)
For some odd reason I always thought this band was from Italy. Maybe it was through some comparison with Rhapsody or Labyrinth in a review that gave me this impression. Well I now know the band is actually from Sweden after receiving this promo courtesy of Nuclear Blast. The band was formed back in 1996 and although this is their fourth album I haven’t heard any of their other releases so I no frame of reference to say this album is any better or any worse than their others.
This album has flashes of something that could easily be something that I would go absolutely ape-shit over but that is the whole problem I had with this album…there are only flashes. Take for example the third track "Back from Hell" which starts out with this absolutely killer riff that is heavier than most power metal but when the vocals come in it goes to a clean sounding guitar melody and slows way down. If that initial riff would have continued throughout the length of the song instead of just reappearing during the choruses it would have been an absolutely awesome song. This style of songwriting is pretty prevalent throughout the album and it really starts to get frustrating. I am not saying this album is bad but I just think it could have been simply amazing if they would have stayed with this heavier style sound throughout the album. As far as power metal albums go this is actually pretty good. It has all the ingredients with very good vocals and a guitar player that is simply awe-inspiring in his leads. That brings me to the highlight of the album and that is the stunning guitar work provided by Carljohan Grimmark. The lead work is at times a shred-fest but at other times is a sorrowful dirge with every note speaking volumes.
Overall the album frustrated me more than anything else since the talent in this band is undeniable but as far as this band distinguishing itself from the crowded power/prog metal genre goes I really don’t think this album will help them do it. I really think if they would go with the heavier direction they showed on some of the songs they could really set themselves apart from the crowd. I would still think that fans of power or prog metal should really check this one out and decide for yourself. This is definitely a try before you buy album.
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