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Review: Morifade - Empire of Souls
Empire of Souls

Label: IceWarrior Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 56:09
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 15, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Empire of Souls

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (14 Votes)

Well, it's been a long time since Morifade's last album, the almost-forgotten Domination from back in 2004. My first thought on unzipping this was "Really? Morifade are still around?" Seems they are, though a seven-year gap can mean all kinds of things, it seems they were just having label problems. Now on the expanding IceWarrior Records, we have a whole new disc of fairly proggy Power Metal.

This is good, but not amazing. The production is excellent, with a nice sharp guitar sound and a punchy rhythm section. Vocalist Kristian Wallin is new to the band since their last disc, but he has a good voice, if maybe a little undistinguished. He's got some grit and is always on-note, even if maybe his energy level is a bit lacking. There are some great melodies and vocal lines here, but the songs don't seem to really come together. The riffs are solid but derivative, and the compositions are just a bit too baggy to really catch fire. A studious, intellectual album of solid Power Metal from a veteran band.

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