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   ANDERSEN
Black On Black
2002
Frontiers Records
http://www.andreandersen.com


rating: 3/5

1. Coming Home
2. Tell Me Why
3. Arena
4. Desperate Times
5. Life
6. Black On Black
7. Eclipse
8. Sail Away
9. Piece Of My Heart
Andre Andersen is the keyboard wizard and mastermind of the Danish hard rock/melodic metal band Royal Hunt and this is his second full length solo release. This indeed deserves to be called a solo output as mr Andersen handles not only keyboards, guitar and bass but also the production, which is, as expected top notch once again. Only the guitar sound leaves something to hope for.

Anyone who is familiar with Royal Hunt knows what to expect from this album: keyboard driven hardrockish melodic metal. The main difference when compared to Royal Hunt, is that instead of John West, Ian Parry from Elegy is handling the vocal department, so one can't really complain about that either. Once again, as it also is with his main band, the songs often start with an intro and it may take a while before the song really kicks in. The song material consits of both mellow and more rocking tunes and the slower songs are the ones that make this album as good as it is. The faster songs are unfortunately nothing to die for, but on the slower ones Andersen manages to capture a lot of emotion to the compositions and these are the ones that makes one want to listen to this album more often than just once. Quite surprisingly, considering that I like Ian Parry's voice quite a bit, the two instrumental songs ("Arena" and "Eclipse") on this album seem to be the two to stand out from the rest of the material along with "Desperate Times".

At the end of the day the album raises quite a bit of hope, but the final outcome is unfortunately somewhat flat and manages to offer very few surprises. Eventhough this may not be as great a release as one might expect from Andre Andersen, it can without a doubt be recommended to fans of Royal Hunt and melodic metal in general.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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