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Review: Celtic Legacy - Guardian of Eternity
Celtic Legacy
Guardian of Eternity

Label: Eternal Legacy Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 57:14
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 8, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Guardian of Eternity

Rated 2.78/5 (55.56%) (18 Votes)

Celtic Legacy produced the fine Resurrection album way back in 2003, and I thought the band was poised to break big, but then the band went on hold for a number of years due to a cascade of lineup changes as well as the financial troubles that plagued this band from the beginning. Finally, in 2008, they managed a follow-up to their lauded sophomore album with this, the awkward Guardian of Eternity. I was hoping this would be great, but while it has moments, it cannot even remotely live up to the album that preceded it.

The most obvious change is the loss of vocalist Mark Guildea, whose standout performance was a highlight of Resurrection. New guy Ciaran Ennis tries gamely, and he has a charismatic voice, but he can't begin to match Guildea's impassioned style. It doesn't help him that the backing vocals are rather ineptly recorded and sound out of tune, and that he has no melodies as good as the ones on "Live By the Sword" or "Guardian Angel". The guitar playing on here is quite good, and the riffs are almost as hooky as on Resurrection, but the song structures are plainer and not as interesting. This, combined with flat vocal melodies, handicaps the songs and prevents them from rising above themselves. Most of these are songs you listen to and say "Well, there's nothing wrong with it." They start out with good riffs and a lot of energy, and then they never really go anywhere.

The band has since broken up, and it's sad that this is their coda, as it is an inferior album when compared to the potential they had and what they accomplished. I hope they will not be forgotten, and that Resurrection will be remembered as the classic it is. This one, however hard it tries, is just forgettable.

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