INTENSE Second Sight |
The first full album by this British metal band and it sees them enter
more power metal territory than the say the earlier Dark Season EP.
There are definite hints of Iron Maiden in here, mainly in the twin
guitar arrangements and Sean Heatherington can turn on the menacing vocals
when needed, just get a listen to Seeds Of Betrayal. A song that draws
you in with an acoustic intro before the power chords come crashing in.
Album highlight for me has to be Autumnheart, a slow brooding track
that reminds me of prime time Demon, of the most underrated bands ever. The
track also cleverly uses keys for effect and plenty of guitars electric
and acoustic. The Winged is another cracker, fast and slow passages
segue easily into each other. A song that could become a live favourite!
Full fury of metal on Collision Of Destinies, which is underpinned by
a tight bass/drum riff.
Definitely a step up for the band, with top-drawer production courtesy
of Threshold's Karl Groom. Along with Power Quest, Dragonforce, Threshold
and Mercury Rain they prove there is growing strength in the UK metal scene.
Review by Jason Ritchie