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   AIRBORN
Against The World
2002
Remedy Records
http://www.fanzine.net/bands/airborn


rating: 3/5

1. Infernal Machine
2. Against The World
3. Born To Fly
4. The Hero
5. Projectile
6. Cry Now
7. New Hope
8. Wings
9. Return To The Sky
10.No More Kings
11. Freedom To The World
12. Sky City
13. Infernal Machine Two
Airborn is a four-piece Italian band playing melodic power metal with happy mode on. What they have is some catchy riffs and melodies, double bass drumming, keyboards in the background, some sing-along choruses, cliché-filled lyrics, Piet Sielck as producer and general back-up and an uplifting atmosphere in general. The easiest way to describe them would be to say they're a happier version of Gamma Ray. The melodies they have come up with are catchy but not that memorable and at times it seems like they have only one genius-like melody line that has been twisted in several different versions to come up with more songs. Simply put, there's quite a bit repetition on this release.

Alessio Perardi is the main man of the band as he sings, plays guitar and keyboards and writes the songs and he sounds like a softened version of Kai Hansen. As said, they have some damn catchy stuff, but they're certainly not inventing anything groundbreaking here. Quite a few of the riffs and melodies are kept simple and while they may lack originality they are effective in their own way. "New Hope" works as a good example on this matter. You're immediately humming along and at the same time noticing that it doesn't always have to be something so magical to work well. But the problem with this album is that there may be a few songs just "passing by" until you notice again that you actually have something in your player, but the good side is that once you do, you're already nodding along.

At the end of the day though, as catchy and uplifting as Airborn manage to be at times, I have difficulties to take them seriously, which isn't necessarily that bad a thing, but more importantly, the big thing is missing in their output.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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