by Mister Twister USER (28 Reviews)
June 8th, 2013 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Power metal for the lactose intolerant.

Power metal is a rather polarizing form of metal. Some absolutely love it, due to its speed, hot-bloodedness, and fun atmosphere. For others, the aforementioned traits are extremely off-putting. Manticora's Hyperion proves that even those that fall in the latter group can enjoy power metal, as it finds a happy medium, taking most of the positive aspects of power metal while leaving behind the negatives. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable behemoth of an album.

This is not to say that Hyperion is completely without cheesy elements. The typical keyboards, soaring vocals, etc. found in most power metal are still present. However, it sounds noticeably more serious, while not taking itself so seriously as to alienate the audience that just wants mindless speedy fun. It hits a mark in between both parties in a way that will please members of either.

Another pleasing aspect of this album is the more sincere emotions found within each song. Much of power metal is dominated by quick, high energy music that proves to be utterly generic and somewhat soulless. However, the songs featured on Hyperion come off as much more genuinely reflective of the emotion behind each song. For example, Reversed is a song which is meant to have a downbeat, somewhat sad atmosphere, and it does achieve this through its melancholy tune. Even more impressive is the vocal performance; had the lyrics not been clearly fantastical, pertaining to the fabled Merlin Sickness (a person aging in reverse), there is enough anguish behind the voice to convince one that this dilemma may actually be occurring to the vocalist. Keeper of Time - Eternal Champion on the other hand creates a more triumphant, glorious feeling, befitting the story of a soldier finding love and wishing to leave the battlefield in his past. Ultimately, the sincerity found in each song contributes greatly to the album, and allows it to make a mark in the way most power metal albums would be unable to do.

A final positive note is the variety. Power metal frequently suffers from homogenization, with many tracks sounding very similar, and the resulting album coming off as rather stale. This issue is not to be found on Hyperion; each track is distinct from the other, with enough unique structure and thoughtful composition to pull the listener in completely for the full hour-plus of music found in this offering.

Overall, Hyperion is an album enjoyable by those both within and outside of the fanbase of power metal. With plenty of elements to enthrall the listener, without going overboard, this album is easy to listen to for just one track or for the entire tracklist.

A Long Farewell

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Mister Twister
June 8th 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

Tried dropping the Pros/Cons and Lowlights section. Didn't think Lowlights was working anyways, hard to pick a weakest song when none stand out as bad.

June 8th 2013


I have never heard of this band but it sounds really cool. I will definitely check becuase it's fuckin' power metal, man! Can't say that I agree with the first paragraph though. Some power metal is objectively know as simply amazing music. Nice review though, pos'd!

June 8th 2013


Decent review. Criminally underrated band.

Mister Twister
August 3rd 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

I find it astounding that the vocalist sounds so anguished on Reversed. I would honestly believe that he was going through that dilemma had it not been such a fantastical concept.

Mister Twister
September 29th 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

Bumped my rating to a 5, though the review is unchanged. Don't think the review emphasizes just how good this is, but I don't really have the energy to re-write it right now. Probably later.

I have not stopped listening to this lately, it's so damned amazing. The backtracking at the end of Loveternaloveternal... is a perfect way to end the album.

June 10th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

y'all should read the book series this album is based on

February 14th 2018


These guys are putting out another album this year m/

February 14th 2018


Album Rating: 5.0

I certainly hope so. They're one of the best power metal bands of the last 20 years.

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