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   GALLOGLASS
Legends From Now And Nevermore
2003
Limb Music
http://www.galloglass.de


rating: 3/5

1. Dragons Revenge
2. Ancient Times
3. A Wintertale
4. Remember The Fire
5. Legends From Now And Nevermore
6. The Conjuring
7. Eye To Eye
8. Crusade Of The Damned
9. The Quest
10. The Last Stand
Galloglass come from Germany and this is their debut album. With mild interest I put the cd into the player. Why am I not surprised when I hear heroic, more or less epic power metal coming out of the speakers? Although the above mentioned genre has been, should I say packed, for quite some time now I must say that Galloglass is not a band you pass with just a shrug. Even if their approach may not be that original they certainly have managed to compose songs that are melodic, memorable, rather pompous and also complex enough to maintain their interest for more than just the first listen.

The debut album of Galloglass sounds surprisingly mature and somewhat refreshing in this overflooding genre. Their power metal is accompanied by some orchestral arrangements and folkish celtic influences while the overall atmosphere is rather pompous and even slightly operatic at times. The occasional orchestral arrangements are mostly in the background creating an atmospheric soundscape and they never get too prominent, which is good because I think it would go a bit over the top with a too massive show-off of ability to create pompous orchestrations.

So, the both ends of the genre are present here. Fast and thundering power metal anthems with some slower and calmer passages and the obligatory ballad. The song material is definitely on a certain steady level, as there aren't really any songs on the album that could be described as filler material. On the contrary a few songs, like "Remember The Fire", the title track, "Eye To Eye" and the ballad "The Quest" do stand out, but the rest of the album is just as enjoyable. Productionwise there really isn't anything to complain about. The only shortcoming of the album is its predictability but that's more or less expectable when power metal is concerned. Fans of such bands as Helloween, Rhapsody and Blind Guardian should be very interested. A very good debut album.

submitted by Aleksi 07.04.2003

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