|Review: Astralion - Astralion|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2014
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: May 16, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Finland's Astralion had me hooked from the double-kick salvos at the beginning of "Mysterious & Victorious" the opening track from their full-length, self-titled debut. Their style is pure, happy Power Metal in the Ecliptica/Theater of Salvation/Keeper of the Seven Keys vein. Huge, major chord changes, fanciful keyboard runs and catchy choruses are things that keep fans like me happy and Astralion has them in spades. And if that weren't enough the songwriting approaches the level of quality and quirkiness we haven't heard since Timeless Miracle's Into the Enchanted Chamber. Seriously, when you have a chorus like "Mary, Mary, Mary, come to me Bloody Mary. Mary, Mary, Mary put those scissors away" how can you not sing a long? And the cheese just gets gooier and tastier with tracks like "We All Made Metal." Haven't had a title like that since the heyday of Cryonic Temple. I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that there are a couple of former Olympos Mons members, including singer Ian Highhill, in Astralion's ranks. The ballad "To Isolde" is exactly as sappy as you think it would be and the 13+ minute "epic" "Last Man on Deck" is a bit too long but other than those slow spots this album is the real deal. Too many Power Metal bands today think its all about the speed and forget the songwriting and that's not the case with Astralion. It doesn't even hint at originality but if you like Power Metal the way I do you won't care 15 seconds after the album starts.
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