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Review: Armory - The Dawn of Enlightenment
The Dawn of Enlightenment

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 69:48
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: February 11, 2009
Reviewed by: PowerMetal59
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Rated 3.69/5 (73.75%) (32 Votes)

What an awesome discovery this turned out to be! The sextet of Armory, hailing from the small town of Townsend, Massachusetts are a young group of musicians whose sound is firmly rooted in traditional European-flavored Power Metal, comparable to the likes of Edguy, Avantasia, Sonata Arctica, Bloodbound, etc... I cannot fathom how these guys have been overlooked by record label executives for so long!

Armory was formed by guitarists Chad Fisher and Joe Kurland, while the two were still in high school in 2001. In 2004 they recorded a self-financed demo by the same album title, featuring the same song lineup. Unfortunately the first demo suffered from poor distribution and horrible production. Fast forward to 2007, still absent of record label financing, the band re-entered the studio to meticulously re-record each and every track. Subsequently, the new, improved and professionally produced version of The Dawn Of Enlightenment is unveiled to the masses, complete with a bold and powerful production job compliments of Peter Rutcho, who along the way assumed the keyboard duties. Clearly all the hard work paid off, because The Dawn Of Enlightenment is an astonishing slice of Melodic Power Metal of the caliber usually akin to the more popular European Power Metal elite. The vocals of Adam Kurland is a blend of Tobias Sammett and Bruce Dickinson in terms of the range and vibrato that he possesses in his vocal delivery, while brother Joe Kurland and Chad Fisher slay you with an awesome twin guitar attack which features several fast-paced dueling solos, the keys of Peter Rutcho are layered perfectly into the mix, and the rhythm section of Thomas Preziosi (Bass), and Tom Vieira provide a concrete solid foundation. I am not a fan of providing track by track reviews, and in the case of this album it would be like picking fly shit out of pepper to nitpick any of these tracks because everything about this is awesome.

With The Dawn Of Enlightenment, these Massachusetts-based lads have proven once again that Europe has not monopolized the market in terms of delivering first class epic Power Metal. If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned bands and love Power Metal with a serious edge, you will want to add this little known gem to your collection immediately. With this much talent you've got to believe these guys will be signed by one of the major labels soon. You can download the entire album on iTunes (as well as eMusic,, and a few others - ed.) today, or go to the band's website to see how you can purchase a copy of the CD. It will be some of the best money you have ever spent! Highly Recommended!

More about Armory...
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Review: The Dawn of Enlightenment (reviewed by MetalMike)
Interview with Adam Kurland (Lead singer) on August 29, 2009 (Interviewed by MetalMike)
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