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Review: Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks
Serious Black
As Daylight Breaks

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 41:45
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 9, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
As Daylight Breaks

Rated 3.78/5 (75.56%) (9 Votes)

The term "super group" is bandied about often and usually means something special or something crummy. The debut from Serious Black, featuring Urban Breed and Roland Grapow among others, is titled As Daylight Breaks and it sits firmly in the former category. Melodic Power Metal of a high level is what the band provides and catchy choruses abound. I think of bands like Masterplan (naturally, considering the presence of Grapow) and Silent Force as the music is more on the "melodic" side vs. "crunchy" Power Metal. There are plenty of slower pieces (a few too many for me, but your mileage may vary) but it cannot be denied that the combination of musicians and quality songwriting should put this band's name in the discussion of best Melodic Metal albums of 2014. "I Seek No Other Life" starts As Daylight Breaks off with a double-kick bang and then Breed wails the chorus of "High and Low" right into your brain. "Temple of the Sun" and "Akhenaton" gives the album a Middle-Eastern flavor and the album wraps with another double-kick anthem in "Older and Wiser." There are no bad songs just a few slower bits than I care for.

I've never quite understood the appeal of Urban Breed from his time in Tad Morose or Bloodbound, but with Serious Black, I now get it. Fans of Breed should eat this up and people like me who've missed the bus in the past should jump on now. Here's hoping As Daylight Breaks is the first in a long string of quality releases from this band and not just a one-off album.

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