|Review: Stonelake - Marching on Timeless Tales|
|Marching on Timeless Tales|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 26, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Marching on Timeless Tales
Sweden's Stonelake have been around since 1999 and their newest album, Marching on Timeless Tales, their fifth, is full of crunchy, Euro Power Metal. Guitars and keyboards share equal time, except in the solo department, where the guitars take the lion's share. Marching on Timeless Tales is expertly played and sounds great, de rigueur for the genre. Singer Peter Grundström sounds a bit like James Neal and that, combined with the mostly mid-tempo riffing, gives Stonelake more than a passing resemblance to mid-80s Malice. A modern comparison would be a generally slower Primal Fear. Guitarist Jan Åkesson's soloing reminds me of George Lynch, around the time of Dokken's Tooth and Nail.
What's missing from Marching on Timeless Tales is anything particularly fresh or exciting or truly catchy. The songs are all good, just not great and the whole album is just generic Melodic/Power Metal. Not bad but nothing you haven't heard before.
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