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

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

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 6, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rise to the Light

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

I got the short 2-track release Introducing... Sceptor back in 2010, but somehow missed the first album. So, let's just say it's been a while. Some stuff here sounded familiar and that is because the two tracks from Introducing... Sceptor were added as bonus tracks at the end of the album. The album didn't quite click when I first got it so I let it simmer for a few weeks before getting back to it. The material here is very much in the vein of what they were doing 11 years ago, mid-paced heavy metal that sometimes speeds up, served with a modern sauce that contains some power metal elements. This is really punchy and catchy metal that gets the fist in the air and the head banging, nothing I'd call out of the ordinary, but it's well played and it certainly calls for repeated listens. The vocal lines are quite catchy and some of the choruses are bound to get a live crowd chanting, but the performance is uneven and I found that distracting, sometimes wondering if another take couldn't have taken care of things. Despite that, there's a lot of attitude in that vocal delivery and that makes up for some of the problems. Bottom line, I found Rise to the Light to be a fun album of heavy, pounding metal, but it could have used a little more fine-tuning.

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