Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Label: Spinefarm 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
The full on transformation from Sleazy Melodic Rock to the rather typical (Symphonic/Melodic) Power Metal act is quite shocking at first to say the least. Did it have anything to do with their brand new recording deal at Spinefarm? Of course it did? The complete sell-out? Let's not go that far as I'm sure they all have their spines intact? But you can simply wave goodbye to the old Swedish Dynazty since it's sooo dated and dead. Say hello to the reborn version of the band and the next Dynazty that will surely last a thousand years or at least as long as it's more beneficial to play the "German" style of Metal (not to be confused with the U.S. brand).
It's soaring vocals by the impressive Nils Molin (Hello Brother Dragonfire), staccato riffing, schizo prog-lite keyboards (think Jens Johansson on LSD and stuck in the docklands), and uptempo arrangements in the style of Scanner goes on a date with Amaranthe. Musically and sonically a very different band and they'll be heading out on tour in April with Gamma Ray and Rhapsody of Fire.
They deliver a well paced blend of flashy guitar work and energy, as well as having the ability to create decent enough songs from some of the most bog standard sounding German met Swedish templates of body work as of lately. They were never 'originals' in the first place and the switch to different style and genre did not change any of that. At times just overblown and mediocre and every now and then sheer brilliant. The production is huge and those soaring vocals by Molin is something they're clearly not afraid to bring to the fore. Solid effort only perhaps not enough of hooks as they're all pretty nince, but hardly killer material.