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   AT VANCE
The Evil In You
2003
AFM Records
http://www.at-vance.com


rating: 4/5

1. Fallen Angel
2. Broken Vow
3. The Evil In You
4. Stronger Than You Think
5. The Curtain Will Fall
6. One Million Miles
7. Right Or Wrong
8. Shining Star
9. Streets Of My Dreams
10. Caprice No. 16
11. Princess Of Ice
At Vance greets us with their 5th studio album entitled "The Evil In You". After their fourth output "Only Human" the band went through some lineup changes, the most notable being the replacement for the singer Oliver Hartmann, who decided to concentrate on his solo projects. The new man opening his throat is Mats Leven (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and fortunately enough he is well able to replace Hartmann.

At Vance are still on the same path they have seen safe earlier on. Neoclassical melodic metal with quite obvious references to good old 70's heavy metal. The playing is tight, especially the guitarist and the main man of the band Olaf Lenk really gets to show what he is made of. He doesn't fall to pointless wankery with his instrument, which would be rather expectable considering the genre at hand. Although it is almost impossible to keep that certain Swedish guitar hero's name out of your mind while listening to this album. In spite of all the melodies and hooks on "The Evil In You", it fails to reach the level of it's glorious predecessor "Only Human". The album does get a bit repetitive but still, considering the general level of the final result it doesn't really bother that much. Albeit the album offers actually no surprises at all, it still remains enjoyable even after several listens.

There are two songs that do stand out from the rest. The midtempo title track and the album ending "Princess Of Ice" which both possess loads of hit potential. The rest of the songs, midtempo and uptempo alternating, and a ballad, are by no means radically worse. Instead, they actually form a safe basis for a quality album.

submitted by Aleksi 11.07.2003

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