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   AXENSTAR
Perpetual Twilight
2002
Arise Records
http://www.axenstar.com


rating: 3/5

1. All I Could Ever Be
2. The Cross We Bear
3. King Of Tragedy
4. Scars
5. Enchantment
6. New Revelations
7. Secrets Revealed
8. Confess Thy Sins
9. Perpetual Twilight
Axenstar are a five-piece melodic power metal act, with some neoclassical elements, from Sweden. The name of the band and the album title say it all: we're talking about melodic power metal for a change. Axenstar main man is the guitarist Thomas Eriksson who is responsible for almost all of the composing and most of the lyrics too and here's another guitar hero for us all to worship. His brother, Magnus Eriksson, is the singer/keyboardist of the band and his voice sounds a little stuffy, like he's recovering from the flu or something like that. Not that bad, but needs a little improvement. Or it might just be the fact that the vocals have been mixed a little too much to the background, but other than that there's nothing to complain about productionwise.

The musicianship in general is on a professional level with guitars and keyboards leading the way. As it is with on quite many cases Axenstar fails to bring anything new to the genre as the songs are quite predictable and offer very few surprises. But catchy they are, that I can't deny. Some of the songs and the structures are somewhat similar to each other and on a few occasions I think the songs last too long ("New Revelations" and the title track) where the repetition walks in again. The best tunes on this one are the opener "All I Could Ever Be" and the damn catchy "King Of Tragedy". Considering that this is still a debut album, I must say that it's a damn promising one and assuming, as I do, that they keep on developing, keep the name Axenstar in mind and expect some improvement on the follow up album, because I surely will.

Recommended for fans of such melodic power metal acts as Sonata Arctica, Majestic and Stratovarius

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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