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Review: Last Kingdom - Chronicles of the North
Last Kingdom
Chronicles of the North

Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2012
Duration: 47:24
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: April 22, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (24 Votes)

Chronicles of the North, from Sweden's Last Kingdom, is a typical Limb Music slice of fantasy-based Power Metal. Double-kick drumming, fanciful keyboards and a story of good versus evil are all wrapped up in a shiny, happy package. If all this sounds familiar that's because there is nothing original about Chronicles of the North. It is actually quite derivative of bands like Rhapsody, Heavenly and Sonata Arctica. This is not to say the album is bad, far from it. Most of the performances are solid, if unspectacular, with the exception of singer Stefan Jacobsen. He doesn't have a bad voice but his range is limited and he's overmatched by Last Kingdom's material. On the plus side, the overall sound of Chronicles of the North is a bit warmer and more organic than the cold, clinical precision common to this style.

Like so many Power Metal albums there aren't any killer songs but no duds either. As long as you can overlook Jacobsen's vocal shortcomings, Chronicles of the North should provide moderate enjoyment for Power Metal fans.

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