Label: : Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group 2011
Review by Alan Holloway
It’s time to praise the Lord with big ass guitars and shitloads of melody, because Golden Resurrection are back with the eagerly awaited follow up to “Glory To My King”, and they’re not afraid to let you know just who is on the Lord’s side. It’s them, by the way, in case you didn’t get the subtle hints.
Headed by guitar maestro Tommy from ReinXeed and vocalist Christian Liljegran (Narnia, Divinefire) the Swedish band specialize in a sort of God bothering version of the type of melodic power metal Dragonforce made so popular Although not quite as fast, there’s certainly a plethora of fast, melodic guitar that will cement Tommy as a favourite in many people’s minds. This is frantic fret fiddling of the highest order, and it helps immensely that Christian has a competent higher register voice that compliments this style of metal so very well. For the non religious out there some of the lyrics may be a bitter biblical pill to swallow, but once you get round that particular obstacle there’s a lot to admire about “Man With A Mission”. If you’re a certified holy warrior then that only makes the album more desirable, but it’s important to state that it should appeal to Heavenly and Heathen alike. Worthy of note are the two bonus digital tracks, superlative covers of Kansas’ “Point Of Know Return” and Gary Moore’s “The End Of The World”, which has some of the best guitarwork on the album(appropriate, really), whilst the former has a great retro feel to it. A shame they can’t be on the physical copy, really.
Straightforward and melodic, Golden Resurrection don’t muck about very much musically. If you have a thing for melodic power metal that’s been with you since you first played air guitar to “Keeper Of The Seven Keys” then this is a worthy purchase, especially if you are also a Christian. As a confirmed Atheist I have enjoyed listening to it, and may Richard Dawkins strike me dead if I’m lying…