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Melody And Might - 72%

Erin_Fox, October 28th, 2006

Razor edged power metal forged in fire is that which you will find on ‘Demons Of Insanity’, the fifth studio offering from Metalium, one of Germany’s better power metal ensembles. This record contains all of the crucial aspects that make this type of music so compelling, from the astute vocal performance of Henning Basse to the shredding axe handling of Matthias Lange.

Backed by a powerful rhythm tandem in bassist Lars Ratz and drummer Michael Ehre, this combination offers up power metal at its finest on thrashing cuts like “Power Of Time” and “Demons Of Insanity”. An adept sense of melody fills the spaces in ‘Cyber Horizon’, which features excellent fret work on the part of Lange that takes the piece to an entirely new level. Esteemed keyboardist Don Airey joins the band with accents that push the sound of the band even further, if that is possible.

The low tones which usher in the classic heavy metal vibes of “Endless Believer” rumble with forcefulness. These stark rumblings give way to a melodic verse that is filled with electricity. This mid-tempo track showcases Basse’s vocal talents as he shows an impressive amount of range and control. “Destiny” features a crunching riff and some timely accents from Airey that make the track sound positively huge!

Metalium is clearly influenced by the progressive metal acts of the 1980’s, their epic, ringing chords and dramatic arrangements bringing bands like Dokken to mind. Yet, Basse has an original sounding voice which assists in making Metalium sound like no other, causing that all-important chemistry that allows certain artists to rise above the competition.