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Sunday, February 4, 2018
Frozen Crown (review by MMB)
The Fallen King
9 February 2018
Big pop power metal primed for international massive success in Europe, Japan and South America may be the destiny and aim of this band. The album is carefully designed to leave no stone unturned in order to hit every check mark that the loyal fans of the genre want, demand and love.
The band features prominently two vocal energies, male and female, as a general rule. Both voices work well together, harmonious and catchy, starting with the first song, a fast track of European power metal. They add little spices all over the place. For instance, the second song is a radio-style pop metal song with a fun, uptempo vibe. It’s definitely pop music. Of course, they do the power metal rocking songs, the band’s go-to mode is, in fact, uptempo and fast songs loaded to the gills with melodies. The guitar melodies are big for this album, but the keyboards are important, too.
The band has a bit of a wild side to them. For instance, on the last song, they go into blasting mode and incorporate growling into the song and they end this thing in big bang style. Here and there, they have a bit of growling in some songs. The band does quite a bit of variety, but they are not a blank file or a replica, blindly following a strict formula. The band has given a kingdom for a heart like this, one that can take the music in different directions.
Now, you may be saying, “That’s all well and good, but why don’t you give me the bad news?! Tell me about the bad side of the album, show me the weaknesses.”
Well, you have a point. I will most certainly show you the bad parts of the album. I will tell you all about the weak aspects of this album for sure. I will tell you about the bad elements of the album just as soon as I find them.
It is true that bad news travels fast, but this good news should travel faster. Hopefully this is not the end of this chapter.