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AT VANCE VII AFM Records (2007)

Top-drawer melodic hard rock with a biting power metal edge from the band At Vance, founded by guitarist Olaf Lenk in 1998.

Playing in bands since the age of 16 Lenk has certainly learned his trade well, displaying fine song writing and playing technique, this album is testimony to his ability. After many line up changes, this represents surprisingly their 7th release with vocal duties handed this time to the very capable Rick Azti. Himself, a former bassist and vocalist with Swedish metal band Sanity as well as a spell with Treasure Island. Azti, who at times brings to mind David Coverdale, carries a good tune, certainly lending himself well to some cracking tracks here.

A criticism which many albums of these genres are subjected to is that they are all one paced. Not true here, from the outstanding ballad Lost In Your Love though slower AOR tunes such as shiver to the almost power metal of Golden Leaves, Shine and Truth this album has something for everyone.

Crossing from AOR into power metal territory with ease At Vance should appeal to a wide audience. Followers of Kamelot and their ilk with love 'em, fans of Whitesnake, however, will probably be divided because of Azti's similarity to 'The Soldier Of Fortune'.


Review by Dave Hunter

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***** 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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