Rating: 6 /10
Label: SPV 2012
Review by Kimmo Toivonen
The seventh album from Freedom Call doesn't offer you any surprises. It's full-on melodic power metal with epic songs, massive choirs and lyrics about flying free like an eagle, power and glory, warriors and black leather tights (I kid you not!). The band has an ear for a hummable melody and a catchy riff, so I doubt that any of the die-hard fans of the genre are going to be disappointed. However, for the casual listener the band's Power, Pomp and Glory sounds a bit overbearing at times. The stadium-sized choirs border on being ridiculous, especially when it's hard to understand what they're singing. I suspect that in the intro of "Warriors" the lyrics might go "Warrior, Oh Warrior" but they sound like "Worrya, euphoria"... and I'm not sure but it sounds like they sing about a "Happy Metal Party" in the last track of the album.
Despite of the above comments, there's something quite likeable in the "Happy Metal" of Freedom Call. With fourteen songs, this album album is simply too long though, and by dropping out a few of the weaker songs it would have been a stronger package. Recommended for fans of Helloween, Edguy, Axxis and that sort of stuff... It's a bit silly at times but fun nevertheless.