|Review: Space Odyssey - Embrace the Galaxy|
|Embrace the Galaxy|
Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: January 19, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Embrace the Galaxy
Space Odyssey is keyboardist Richard Andersson's "solo" band, his other projects being Majestic and Time Requiem. Compared with Time Requiem (I haven't heard anything from Majestic), which has more a progressive sound, Space Odyssey sits more on the Heavy Metal side of things. In the biography on his website Richard cites both Yngwie Malmsteen and Jens Johannson (Yngwie's keyboard player on his first few albums) as his primary influences. It only takes about 12 seconds of listening to Embrace the Galaxy to realize how serious he is about this claim.
Embrace the Galaxy consists of several mid-paced tracks with a few faster bits thrown in (notably track 6, Grand Opening). The sound Richard and guitarist Magnus Nilsson get from their respective instruments made me check to make sure I hadn't put Yngwie's Marching Out CD in by mistake. It's like they bought their instruments at Yngwie's yard sale. Vocalist Nils Patrick Johannson (Wuthering Heights, Astral Doors) delivers his usual strong performance. There is nothing earth-shattering here, just some Yngwie worship done very well. If that sounds good to you, this is a solid CD to pick up. If you've had enough sweeping arpeggios, you might want to look elsewhere.
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