|Review: Silent Force - Walk the Earth|
|Walk the Earth|
Label: Locomotive Music
Year released: 2007
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 14, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Walk the Earth
Walk the Earth, Silent Force's most recent release, is a straight-ahead Power Metal gem. It is full of chunky riffs, guitar solos with a great, 80s vibe and infectious, sing-a-long choruses on just about every track. I find myself humming half the songs for days after listening, and you probably will, too. Check out tracks like "Man & Machine," "Point of no Return," "Goodbye My Ghost," or "Running Through the Fire" to see what I mean. "Blind Leading the Blind" features an intro from soon-to-be-ex President Bush that illustrates, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what the song is about (as if the title wasn't suggestive enough).
Most of the songs are mid-paced with the opener, "Man & Machine" and the closer, "Picture of a Shadow" being the fastest and featuring the most double-kick drumming. While most of the album is excellent, there are a couple of lesser lights. "The Child Within" just never seems to get going and the ballad "Save Me From Myself" is pretty bland. I found myself hitting the skip button after a few spins when these tracks came up.
DC Cooper (who has been in about 250 other Power Metal bands) delivers the perfect vocals for this kind of music. He has clean vocals (natch) with just a little grittiness and he can let loose a high-pitched scream as well. He does this only occasionally, which is good. The sound producer Dennis Ward gets out of guitarist Alexander Beyrodt compliments the songs very well, and the solos could have come from any 80s Scorpions or Judas Priest album. As with most modern Power Metal albums, keyboards are prevalent, but do not dominate.
Overall, this is an excellent album, with great replay value. Is it the second coming? No (that metaphor was for the Christians; for the Satanists, it isn't the coming of the Horned One and for the Atheists it isn't...um...something that would be really cool to Atheists). I would recommend this to all fans of "happy" Power Metal. For the curious, this would be a great album to start the journey.
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