After a surprisingly long absence the Swedes from PERSUADER are finally back with their long awaited third album. Well actually it is not that surprising if one takes into consideration the fall of Noise/Sanctuary, but with Dockyard1 they have found a really good “accommodation”. After two members, Karlsson and Norberg have been playing with SAVAGE CIRCUS as well, I was really eager to see which direction the band was taking, but in principle they have refined their sound and stayed true to themselves.
Jens Karlsson is in the meantime hailed as the vocalist of SAVAGE CIRCUS, but he already has set a course with PERSUADER, that just be noted in the margin. The only difference to their former release is that they play in a more controlled way, they have given up some of the youthful storminess for more attention to the song structures, which is really becoming to them. The opener “Twisted Eyes” really sweeps you away, tough as nails aggressive riffing, which gives the Power Metal an edged angle, without leaving the typical PERSUADER path. “Slaves Of Labour” is then an example for a ripened art of composing, cause but for the really pressing choruses the rest of the melodies are not instantly catchy, they leave you a bit waiting, which gives it a better half-life period, so no harm done!!
“Sending You Back” is a roaring sweeper, with great epic chorus and strong guitar-work, something like that I would like to hear again from BLIND GUARDIAN as well. “Judas Immortal” begins with Thrash-Riffing, and surprises with a twitched acoustic guitar solo and culminates in a grandiose epic chorus, before “Doomsday News” shows a complete different side of PERSUADER, cause the song is built up quite different round the usual great chorus, but sound very good!
So PERSUADER are tracing their own line, which of course thanks to the vocals of Jens and the great choruses reminds of BLIND GUARDIAN, but supported by a very strong production it is beyond all doubt that these are PERSUADER and no one else, having developed enough to keep themselves fresh, and with the quality being good anyway, Thumbs up! (Online August 15, 2006)