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Review: Sceptor - Rise to the Light
Rise to the Light

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 46:37
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: September 9, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Rise to the Light

Rated 4.07/5 (81.43%) (14 Votes)

I reviewed Sceptor's debut single (sorry, I can't call a release with two songs an EP), Introducing...Sceptor, way back in 2010 and completely missed their 2012 debut album, but here I am with album number two, Rise to the Light. This is a German band that has a distinct US metal vibe to their music, like Reverend, Ravage or Steel Assassin. They play mainly mid-paced metal with big vocal lines and choruses, a formula that has proven successful plenty of times in the past. The problem I have with Rise to the Light is not the music, which is fine, it's the vocals. The singer has a powerful, throaty delivery but his performance is uneven, and he often lets his voice run wild. Sometimes he reins it in, like on "Dissention" or "Shadows in the Maze", the latter a truly strong track that reminded me of early Metal Church. Unfortunately, he lets if get the better of him fairly often resulting in his singing being all over the place, veering in and out of tune like a car with too much power that ends up with oversteer in the corners. If he was more consistent, this would have been a solid album, but some good riffs ("Crown of Nails", "Armour Black") are overshadowed by vocals that are not at the same level.

Other related information on the site
Review: Introducing... Sceptor (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Rise to the Light (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Review: Take Command! (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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