|Review: Sharon - Edge of Time|
|Edge of Time|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 1999
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Review online: September 6, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Edge of Time
During the pinnacle of my Power Metal obsession, I was searching my local record store for pretty much anything that held elements of the genre when I came across this, the only release from German heartbreakers Sharon. What with a name like Edge Of Time and a label like Limb Music, how could I go wrong? It was recorded by Charlie Bauerfeind, it had Thomas Ewerhard artwork – hell, I was sold (I was also fifteen). Turns out, the album wasn't quite what I expected.
You see, I had visions of Gamma Ray, maybe Enola Gay, that sort of thing. Sharon had different ideas. They sure had all the elements I was looking for: melodic vocals, catchy refrains, slick guitar riffs, harmony leads, double kick drums – only it was filtered through a Hard Rock/AOR sieve that left me somewhat cold at the time. Over the years, I've come to enjoy this a lot more, liking the songs I originally hated more than those I truly loved. Every track on this is different. We have the Axxis meets Bon Jovi opening cut of "Sweet Family", the up-tempo, Crystal Ball-esque "Lies", the double kicked Power Metal treat that is "Work", and even a few soppy ballads. Vocalist Tony Pinto might look like the slimiest guy you ever met, but he has a hell of a voice, very likeable, yet rough around the edges. He brings the Hard Rock element, while the guitars sit firmly in the Power Metal camp, showing off their assets during heavier, more versatile numbers like the brooding "Once" and the intensely catchy "Miss The Day".
I was surprised these guys never took off, as Edge Of Time is an album with plenty of commercial potential, but I guess it was too Metal for the AOR crowd and too sweet for the Power Metal elite. Still, it has some cracking tunes, and if a blend of Pink Cream 69, Domain, Helloween, and Jaded Heart sounds good to you, this will spend a comfortable couple of months in your playlist.
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