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Nicely done melodic power metal - 75%

UltraBoris, August 21st, 2002

Riot manages to accomplish something here that's quite hard - a heavy metal album that manages to exhibit ownage without resorting to complete riff bludgeonry. "Eternal Nightmare" this is not, or "Thundersteel" for that matter. This is, rather, a power metal album that is completely melodic without becoming flowery. The guitar work is excellent, and the riffs definitely stand out and are memorable, and are not lost in wankery or 480 beat-per-minute flowery geigh Sonata Craptica horseshit.

Most of the songs here are of the same general style. We start with "Angel Eyes", which is the fastest song on here, and probably the heaviest - and also it has a really cool Judas Priest styled solo in the middle, courtesy of guitar wizard Mark Reale. Mike DiMeo's vocals are neither shrieky nor over the top, but his ability to sing is unquestioned.

We get to the rest of the album, which is consistently solid. Every song here is memorable in its own way, and the highlights are probably "Kings are Falling", and "Turning the Hands of Time". The last song, "Inishmore" is a ballad that also contains some of the best guitar work on the album.

Overall, this is one of those "Hanging in the Balance" styled albums - a lot of the time, that just doesn't work, unless you have the quality of songwriting to back up the lack of complete bludgeonry. This album definitely does.