Galneryus
Angel of Salvation


4.5
superb

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
October 31st, 2012 | 39 replies | 8,181 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Japanese neo-classical power metal. Yeah, it's good.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

Any Galneryus album is a straightforward Galneryus album. Some may argue that they don’t try to expand their sound, because of that reoccurring problem of staying consistent with their brand of neo-classical power metal. Unfortunately, for them, it’s like arguing that the sky isn’t blue. Galneryus have been known to approach their music with different elements in every album that they create. Phoenix Rising had J-pop and specific progressive elements, Resurrection had jazz-fusion styled keyboard, The Flag of Punishment was a straight up extreme power metal album, Beyond the End of Despair... focused on more melody and less shred. Having that said, it’s quite difficult to argue anything about their consistency and lack of inspiration. In Angel of Salvation, we see the prolific entourage of Japanese neo-classical shredders expand their horizon of influence into the realm of a stronger symphonic threshold.

“Reach to the Sky” starts off with a melody that’s being dominated by an orchestra and symphony that gives off the atmospheric vibe before entering a boss fight. While the intro ends on a heavy note with a voice yelling, this ultimately gives off the impression that the proceeding song “The Promised Flag” will be a hard-hitter and in your face till the end. In the beginning, the transition gives off a mixed message, because the song goes straight into a poppy symphonic melody instead of a crushing guitar riff that most people will be expecting when listening. Nevertheless, that turns out to be a minor transition when you realized you’re on an epic journey with the band’s overall newly enhanced sound.

The following songs “Temptation Through the Night”, “Hunting For Your Dreams”, and “Lonely as a Stranger” are great examples of how consistent Galneryus can be as a whole. Consistency is the key to their success in these songs and the ones that follow afterwards. Whether it’s the main riff, catchy vocals, melodic solos, or whatever, they still come up with something that can fit into perfection every time it seems like even when something blatantly looks bleak for the rest.

Right before the 14-minute epic that is the self-titled track, “Lament” and “Infinity” are the buffer tracks before “Angel of Salvation”. The thing that's noticeable about these two songs isn’t the strength or shred-tastic structure of certain parts, but instead it’s the melodies that chromatically build up the epic atmosphere for the longest song Galneryus has ever written to date. Even though the song is an epic by all standards, surprisingly it’s actually not the best song off of the album. But it reflects as the album’s epicenter, even if the surrounding songs have more to say.

In conclusion, Angel of Salvation is just another Galneryus album – another Galneryus album that slaps you in the face repeatedly with neo-classical shred and catchy as hell symphonic melodies. Oh yeah, and vocals… vocals are catchy. Angel of Salvation, is an essential release in 2012 for the neo-classical power metal genre - no doubt about that.



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FictionalFlames
October 31st 2012



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty sweet album.

pizzamachine
October 31st 2012



12568 Comments


Wow this album seriously rules, the singer is amazing too.

GiaNXGX
October 31st 2012



4867 Comments


Because Japanese power metal track-listings are in bloq mayus m/

RunOfTheMill
October 31st 2012



1239 Comments


This is actually freaking amazing. It's rather rare to see a power metal band actually besting themselves after 8 albums worth of time.

FictionalFlames
October 31st 2012



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah considering Phoenix Rising was their worst album, still good though, but to go from their worst to their best in less than one year is quite amazing.

RunOfTheMill
October 31st 2012



1239 Comments


Oh and good job with the review, man. I enjoyed reading this, have a pos

CaptainDooRight
November 1st 2012



26459 Comments


Think I checked this band when u rev'd prev al but rev is swee pos

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

FictionalFlames
November 1st 2012



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol I thought it was a bad review! I tried filibusting the whole thing. I just wanted to put out a positive review for promotional
reasons.

CaptainDooRight
November 1st 2012



26459 Comments


it flowed well for my read

FictionalFlames
November 1st 2012



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well that's good, most of my reviews are like this.

CaptainDooRight
November 1st 2012



26459 Comments


that makes sense since I've always enjoyed your reviews

InsomniacDozer
November 1st 2012



20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damn, I was just about to review this. Still might, but you said everything I wanted to say. Good review, though, and this album is absolutely unreal. Angel of Salvation is the best song they've ever done, maybe even the best power metal song I've ever heard.

FictionalFlames
November 1st 2012



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude you should write a review, mainly for the purpose of promotional reasons lol.

InsomniacDozer
November 1st 2012



20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, thinking about it, I probably will. I love this album so much, I kind of need a way to express it lol. That, and Galneryus deserves so much more exposure. I can't believe that such a talented, consistent band is so relatively unknown. It's criminal, really.

FictionalFlames
November 1st 2012



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

then rate it dammit

InsomniacDozer
November 1st 2012



20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Rated. Can't believe how blown away I am by this album. Phoenix Rising wasn't very good.

FictionalFlames
November 1st 2012



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spirit of Steel was pretty awesome imo

InsomniacDozer
November 1st 2012



20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The album had its moments. TFFB, Tear Off Your Chain, and The Time Has Come are all pretty quality songs, but I thought the album felt pretty uninspired all together. Bash Out! is probably their worst song ever.

FictionalFlames
November 1st 2012



1511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

for the most part it was solid, it just had different tendencies compared to their previous efforts.

KingHarkinian
November 1st 2012



435 Comments


This review is pretty sweet and that power metal you are talking about just makes everything so much cooler. I will check this out. Oah!



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