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Review: Holy Knights - A Gate Through The Past
Holy Knights
A Gate Through The Past

Label: Underground Symphony
Year released: 2002
Duration: 46:09
Tracks: 12
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: December 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
A Gate Through The Past

Rated 2.4/5 (48%) (5 Votes)

A bit of an underground status kept this one flying off the shelves when it came out, and it remained the highest selling release for the purveyors of all things girly in the metal world, the venerable Underground Symphony, and it's pretty much the epitome of the kind of thing they like to put out, that being flowery Power Metal in the Thy Majestie, Derdian, and of course, Rhapsody vein. If you've ever heard those bands or, say (deep breath) Athena, Highlord, Shining Fury, Orion Riders, Labyrinth, Vision Divine, Etherna, Arthemis, Power Quest, Celesty, Dark Moor, Fairyland, Dragonland, Luca Turilli, and countless, countless others, you will know exactly what to expect here. Need a reminder? Here we go. Just in case you're in doubt as to what category this fits into.

Double kick drums, right? High, crotch-grabbing vocals (complete with pathetic Italian accent), medieval-styled riffs and fast, neo-classical solos, harpsichords, strings, bells, whistles, brass – a lot of pomp, basically – fantasy lyrics, glossy I need to go on? This is Power Metal. It has song titles like "Sir Perceval (Immortal Knight)", "Quest Of Heroes Part I" (not without part II, of course), "Under The Light Of The Moon", and, perhaps best of all, "Love Against The Power Of Evil". It's called A Gate Through The Past, and chances are if you like Power Metal at all you will like this. Or you might just think it's the most derivative thing you've ever heard. It's your call.

Track Listing:
  1. March of Brave Knights
  2. Sir Percival (Immortal Knights)
  3. Lord of Nightmares
  4. The Revival of The Black Demons
  5. Gate Through the Past
  6. Love Against the Power of Evil
  7. Rondeau in A Minor
  8. Quest of Heroes – Part I
  9. Quest of Heroes – Part II
  10. The Promise
  11. Under the Light of the Moon
  12. When the Rest Let Down
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