ELEGY the seventh by now… Earlier on they've been Dutch. Now only two of them are left, a Frenchman is on the guitar and a Brit has taken over the microphone, does most of the song-writing, has produced and also mixed it. Basically has almost completely taken over the band.
Well, anyway, like mentioned before, ELEGY offer us their seventh album by now and how many people know them? Next to no one. Why? Not so strong song-material? Hardly. That progressive Power Metal isn't a style, where you appeal to a wide audience? Rather that. Because that is just what we get on "Principles Of Pain".
Parry's CONSORTIUM PROJECT could not really win me over, so I had not such high hopes for ELEGY, but I have to say, not bad what the four guys have delivered here. Moving between pretty breaky and almost pure Power Metal the folks show the band heavier than before, which is not bad. They are demanding, but still straight enough not to be put away in the Prog-drawer, songs like the double-bass-cracker "No Code No Honour" or "Pilgrims Parade" are absolutely good grenades, which you really should take a listen into, not least because of the very good vocal performance of Mr. Parry.
Everything good? No, unfortunately not, because here and there they overdo it with the progressive elements, lose the flow and Master Rondat on the six-string here and there forgets that there is a song around his guitar and overdoes it as well. This is one point that could be a minus in the book of some people, even more non-guitarists.
Again a good album, which just has the mentioned flaws and ELEGY will despite all quality again only appeal to a rather narrow spectrum of listeners. A pity, because if a band releases only good to very good albums throughout 10 years, fans should finally honour it as well…