Altaria
The Fallen Empire


3.0
good

Review

by Antonius USER (27 Reviews)
July 8th, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Simple and solid but not something special

This third album of the Finnish band came to follow the path of Invitation (2003) and Divinity (2004). It's an album that shows the band's maturity from those two previous pieces, since it includes their best elements. I believe the simplicity behind each track is the thing that makes them differentiate from other look-alike bands like Sonata Arctica and Rhapsody, mainly because of the absence of fast-paced drumming. Another characteristic is the mixture of melody and lyricism which the band managed to achieve, a combination which was a bit absent from the previous albums.

The album starts with the best of omens since the first four tracks distinguish themselves from the rest. The simplistic and (at the same time) powerful head-banging ''Disciples'' I believe is one of the best moments of the album. This riff-driven epic is succeeded by ''Valley of Rainbows'' a song which starts with a catchy refrain and includes an elegant guitar solo. The ''Abyss of Twilight'' is a mid-to-fast tempo rock song and shows that double-bass kicking is not always needed for a powerful song to be nice, while ''Frozen Hearts'' is even more simple having quarter note drum beats and some well-written lyrics. From the rest of the album I would point out ''The Lion'' and ''Outlaw Blood'' and to a lesser degree ''Access Denied''.

In respect of technique the album does not say much, however its quite balanced. An enjoyable album from an average-to-good band that I doubt it will enthuse many.



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ZedO
July 8th 2012


1096 Comments


...average-to-good band that I doubt it will enthuse many.

what's their best release?

RunOfTheMill
July 8th 2012


1542 Comments


I always thought power metal had to incorporate a lot musical technicality; this might be interesting, but I can see it being boring.

Pos for the review, though :D

ZedO
July 8th 2012


1096 Comments


nice dig Run, i only have "imaginations from the other side" from that band

Shuyin
July 8th 2012


11976 Comments


decent album, gets boring a bit halfway.

Antonius
July 8th 2012


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty diFficult question to answer Zed

RunOfTheMill
July 8th 2012


1542 Comments


@ZedO I have their first 5 albums, Tales... and Somewhere Far Beyond are my favourites so far. I find they're hard to get into, however.

Antonius
July 8th 2012


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Somewhere far beyond is one of my bests BG albums as well

ThyCrossAwaits
July 8th 2012


3058 Comments


needs a song called Aerial Ace

Digging: Old Man Gloom - The Ape of God I

ShadowRemains
July 8th 2012


21327 Comments


ya

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