Second Storm



by Ebola USER (26 Reviews)
July 15th, 2015 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Electrifying.

It’s time for the metal world to get acquainted with Lancer. Citing the legendary Iron Maiden as their primary influence, these young Swedes burst onto the scene looking to breathe some life into the been-dying-so-long-it’s-got-to-be-dead genre of power metal. And with its melodic and surprisingly inventive instrumentation, expertly-performed and implemented vocals, and downright infectious choruses, Lancer’s Second Storm may have done just that.

Easily the record’s greatest strength is its deft avoidance of the genre’s most common pitfalls. For example, the vocals courtesy of Isak Stenvall are extremely well done, but never overpower the instrumentation. In fact, throughout the album’s 9 tracks, the twin guitar onslaught of Peter Ellström and Fredrik Kelemen almost always remains front and center, and rightfully so. The two boast a Maiden-esque level of melody seldom found in power metal, while Emil Öberg delivers one of the finest bass performances the generally bass-lacking genre has to offer.

What truly sets Lancer apart from their peers is their ability to implement progressive elements into their music. The 10-minute epic Aton is the undeniable highlight of the album, and contains a jazz breakdown that wouldn't seem out of place in Haken’s “The Mountain.” While no other track matches the sheer magnitude of Aton, there is simply not a dull moment in Second Storm’s 51-minute runtime. Children of the Storm boasts the most infectious chorus on the album, and the opening riff of Steelbreaker is reminiscent (once again) of Iron Maiden’s “Be Quick or Be Dead.” Other highlights (of which there are many) include the sweeping war anthem Iwo Jima and the epic Eyes of the Liar, which delivers another fantastic chorus and a juicy, bass-laden main riff.

Unsurprisingly, Second Storm’s only low points are the instances in which there is little progression or innovation to be found. Masters and the Crowns has a predictable, somewhat stale power metal chorus, although some of the album’s finest melodic instrumentation comes along to save the day. A few moments here and there come across as somewhat unremarkable, such as the rather run-of-the-mill structure of Behind the Walls. However, these flaws are scarce and easily forgivable, and do no major damage to the record as a whole.

Lancer’s Second Storm is a spectacular, electrifying release, and one that the genre of power metal as a whole so desperately needed. Boasting excellent vocals, audible and juicy bass, sensational guitar work, and progressive elements, Lancer have firmly established themselves as one of the most promising acts not only in power metal, but in metal as a whole.

Essential Listening
Iwo Jima
Children of the Storm
Eyes of the Liar

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July 15th 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

Better than the New Blind Guardian.

First review in months, so I may be a bit rusty. Constructive criticism is welcome as always. Tell me if I made any grammatical errors so that I can fix them before I look like a complete idiot.

Iwo Jima:

EDIT: Corrected a couple of things I just noticed.

July 15th 2015


Album Rating: 3.5

Great album but nowhere near a 4.5 for me. It's like a more cheesy subpar version of Iron Maiden which isn't bad at all.

Nice review too, pos.

July 15th 2015


Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Have a pos, but I don't really agree with the review... save for one thing: Aton does indeed slay pretty hard. I may check this again later on, who knows maybe I'll be influenced by this review haha. I may check the debut too, the cover artwork is awesome.

July 15th 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the positive feedback!

And I can totally see where both of you are coming from, but I just absolutely adore this album. I loved it when I first heard it back in April and I love it just as much now.

July 28th 2015


Album Rating: 3.0

pretty good album. vox remind me of the dude from helloween and the dude from slough feg

September 16th 2015


A band is a singular unit, so your sentence should be written this way:

". . . Lancer has firmly established itself as one of the most promising acts not only in power metal . . . ."

If you insist on using the plural, you can write it like this:

"The members of Lancer have firmly established themselves as members of one of the most promising acts not only in power metal . . . ."

Otherwise, good review, though perhaps a bit melodramatic.

January 14th 2017


Album Rating: 4.0

A few songs into the new LP and I'm not really feeling it as much as this one. Will definitely give it some time, though.

Also, damn, I was kind of a shit writer a year and a half ago. Somebody should've defined "hyperbole" for me

January 14th 2017


Album Rating: 4.0

Never mind, things actually get pretty interesting after the first two tracks. Really solid album overall, definitely takes more risks than this one and incorporates a greater variety of sounds and influences. Feeling a strong 4.

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