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Review: Symphorce - Unrestricted

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 40:54
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: November 26, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating

Rated 2.77/5 (55.38%) (13 Votes)

You know, I love Symphorce. I've been a fan of theirs almost since the beginning, and while their last two records have seen them heading into heavier and more modern territory, I still look forward to their albums, particularly because Phorceful Ahead is one of the greatest (and most original) Power Metal records ever made, and really, I'm hoping they will make another just like it. They haven't done that with album number seven, but instead they've stripped their sound down considerably, and produced a record that has as much in common with American rock as it does with European Power Metal.

First of all, Andy B Franck sounds amazing here. He has one of the best voices in the business, and as always, he turns in a stellar performance. Ex-Freedom Call axe-slinger Cede Dupond doesn't rip like he used to, and in fact there are few real riffs here (most are simple chord progressions) and even fewer solos. As a piece of work, Unrestricted is very different to anything they have done before, and actually sounds more how I would expect Andy's solo work to, should he make any. Through an emaciated production, songs like "Until It's Over" and "Do You Ever Wonder" still punch through, and even "Whatever Hurts" and melodic opener "The Eternal" manage to stand up against their early material, particularly their Truth To Promises debut.

Symphorce have come under a lot of criticism for this, but they are innovating nonetheless, and in truth I wouldn't have been happy with Become Death Part II. If you're after a pounding, mid-paced album of catchy melodic metal, Unrestricted is a sure bet, but if you're hankering for another Godspeed, you're going to be disappointed. Lord knows where Franck and co will go next.

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