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ARTENSION ‘New Discovery’ (Frontiers 2003)

A melodic metal band that includes Royal Hunt’s Vitalij Kuprij on keyboards and former Badlands/Royal Hunt vocalist John West amongst its ranks.

Title track ‘New Discovery’ melds melodic rock vocals with prog metal backing and keyboards soloing all over the place! John West has a strong voice, in the style of Kansas’s Steve Walsh or Glenn Hughes, which suits the material here very well. Only one slight drawback is that many songs are of the same tempo giving little variety at times. ‘Hearts Are Heroes’ again features some quality keyboard playing with ‘Endless Days’ being a ballad complete with harmony vocal overload! ‘Call of the Wild’ is Glenn Hughes meets all out metal - there is some very intense riffing on this track.

Another power metal album in an already crowded field but the vocals of John West and keyboards of Vitalij Kuprij lift it above many other standard releases. Plenty of metal styling but melody is the main driving force throughout the album.



Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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