|Review: Civilization One - Revolution Rising|
Label: Metal Heaven
Year released: 2007
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 19, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
Civilization One is the latest band to be called home by nomadic singer Chitral Somapala, formerly of Firewind and Avalon. This is their debut disc, and while it has made some waves, slipped in largely under the radar this year. That's a shame, because this is a very good album from a promising band.
This is very much in the vein of modern, accessible Power Metal like Mystic Prophecy, Dream Evil, or Firewind. The guitars are crunchy and spin out some kickass riffs, the production is crispy and clear, and Chitral sounds absolutely great. After a boring intro piece, they kick right off with the killer "Life Of Agony". "Legends Of The Past" is not as good, and has a lame chorus, but it's probably the worst song here. Civilization One are maybe best at midpaced songs with smooth, catchy melodies like "The Lost Souls" or "Sacred". "16" is a departure, with almost thrashy riffing and some death-style growls interspersed with Chitral's powerful clean vocals.
Revolution Rising is a very good album, held back only by its utterly conventional and derivative songwriting. If you have been listening to Firewind, then there's really nothing here you haven't heard. But with such a solid debut, and Chitral's great voice and ear for vocal hooks, this band clearly has potential to be something besides a clone band. A solid album and a band worth watching.
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