|Review: Wisdom - Marching for Liberty|
|Marching for Liberty|
Label: Noise Art Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 25, 2013
Reviewed by: Edward T. Head
for:Marching for Liberty
It can be argued that speedy, double-bass/keyboard-driven, choral vocal saturated Power Metal ran its course (straight into the ground) in the 90s, but I'll be damned if I'll let that keep me from enjoying the hell out of it, especially when it's as well done as Wisdom's Marching for Liberty. Wisdom isn't a new band, forming in 2001, and releasing three LPs and two EPs in that time span, but their sound is like stepping into a time warp back to 1997.
Every single track on Marching for Liberty is a winner for genre fans, full of hooks and choir-lead choruses. For the most part, the speedier tracks are the shining point, as Wisdom simply excel at penning a fast Power Metal song. "Dust of the Sun", "God Rest Your Soul", "My Fairytale" and "Live Like a Beast" are all stellar. However, with that in mind, perhaps the two best songs, "Take Me to Neverland" and the title track (featuring a guest spot by Fabio Lione), are more varied and reside largely in mid-paced territory.
Vocalist Gábor Nagy helps the album stand out a bit, with a slightly raspy delivery, and an avoidance of the high-pitched wails that drive so many detractors away (Nightmare's Jo Amore is a solid point of reference). Otherwise, instrumentally the album is well played, but pretty standard fare for Power Metal, with some nice solo and lead work, but nothing of particular note.
Wisdom is not doing anything on Marching for Liberty that hasn't been done before, they just happen to do it better than most. Along with other relatively young Power Metal bands, such as Orden Ogan, Solar Fragment and Winterstorm, Wisdom are helping carry the flag into the modern age, offering great reassurance that the genre is in good hands.
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