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Review: Stormwind - Reflections

Label: Black Lodge Records
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 2001
Duration: 49:44
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 18, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Reflections is the fifth album from Sweden's Stormwind and the second (of three) re-release courtesy of Black Lodge. Originally released in 2001, Reflections is full of early 2000s power metal, rampant with hooky choruses, sweeping keyboards and songs full of historical adventure from ancient Greece ("War of Troy") to ancient Egypt ("Ramses"). You've got your requisite double-kick numbers in "War of Troy" and "Assassin of Honour," your mid-paced anthems like "The Man Behind the Iron Mask" and "Dynasty" and naturally, a ballad ("Golden Tears") that is rather tepid by power metal ballad standards. This reissue includes a cover of David Lee Roth's "A Little Ain't Enough" which with its late '80s glam/hard rock songwriting is fine by itself but is out of place here. If you enjoy early millennium power metal, this one is a no-brainer. Stormwind were (still are?) a solid power metal band that might not have been one of top tier acts, but they could play and write a mean tune.

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