Album Review – Axenstar – Where Dreams Are Forgotten

Artist: Axenstar

Album: When Dreams Are Forgotten

Genre: Power Metal

Released: 28th November 2014

 

Track listing:

01. Fear
02. Inside The Maze
03. My Sacrifice
04. Curse Of The Tyrant
05. The Return
06. Demise
07. Annihilation
08. Greed
09. The Reaper
10. This False Imagery
11. Sweet Farewell

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this album from start to finish. I honestly can’t think of one bad thing to say about Axenstar’s latest release. I only discovered Axenstar recently and fell in love with their sound. The album stays true to the classic Axenstar sound and is a great addition to any power metal fan’s collection. If you like Sonata Arctica’s vibe, you’ll love this. The album features a perfect balance between catchy sing-along choruses, more aggressive (almost Iced Earth style) vocals and superb solos.

It’s difficult to choose a favourite track off the album because I don’t dislike any of the songs, but I think it’s between Curse Of The Tyrant and Inside The Maze. Both are very catchy and are the type of songs you can listen to over and over again. Curse Of The Tyrant is such a diverse song, featuring all of the above characteristics combined into one song perfectly. Great guitar solos, catchy chorus and very skilled vocals. Inside The Maze is one of the more melodic tracks off the album. What I love about this song (and the album) is that they mostly create their epic sound with guitars and the vocal style, keeping keyboards as a backing instrument, rather than having it the focus as most similar bands do.

This album is easily one of my favourites for the year and in my opinion an essential for any power metal fan, or a perfect introduction to those who are unfamiliar with the genre.

 

 

J

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