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Review: Sanction-X - The Last Day
The Last Day

Label: Metal Heaven
Year released: 2009
Duration: 50:09
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 3, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
The Last Day

Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)

With the Prog Metal scene completely lost in a sea of unnecessary pretension, this debut from German quintet Sanction-X comes as a refreshing reminder of just how simple and enjoyable this genre can actually be. Rough, heavy, and epic, The Last Day sets Sanction-X apart from their many competitors by focusing their efforts on creating memorable melodies and excellent choruses, rather than displaying the narcissistic disposition of their musicians, who are more than capable of shredding out some blistering technicality. Featuring a dark, enveloping production, The Last Day takes an almost gothic approach, with songs like "The Calling", "Alone Again" and the fantastic "Reason Why We Were Born" fusing the crunch and conviction of Vanden Plas, Eden's Curse, and early Masterplan, only with a bleak, tragic visage. Ebby Padueh's crusty vocals take some getting used to, but they adequately lend weight to the album's lighter moments in "When Fire Will Touch the Night" and "The Eyes", tracks that add a touch of modern Hard Rock to this hammering collection of Prog Metal majesty.

Not what you might expect from a band playing under their chosen banner, but a real surprise nonetheless, The Last Day proves there are still bands out there that aren't afraid to turn the genre on its head. If hard rocking, supremely catchy Prog Metal is your bag; you could do a lot worse than to pick up this bad boy. Let's just hope they can keep the fire burning to bring us album number two. Excellent.

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