So far, I couldn't do anything with STORMWIND and MAJESTIC (sounds not bad, but it doesn't get me really, except for the last STORMWIND) and now, with MEDUZA, there comes the next representative of the grey area between Melodic and Power Metal, including furthermore the vocalist of MAJESTIC, it is the same direction as the former mentioned bands and what can I say? I like it!
Ok, independence is not the strength of MEDUZA, but in many cases, if there's a Wåhlin cover, there will be quality and "Now And Forever" is no exception, well-played and well-done is the album. First of all, the band is positively different from other bands, because they don't get into that sweetish Happy Metal and the powerfully and rough voice of MAJESTIC vocalist Apollo Papathanasio is also positively to mention.
Terrific songs like "Shed No Tears", the wonderful "Touch The Sky", the egypt-influenced "Curse Of Pharaoh" or the final "Burn In Hell", which reminds me to the BEYOND TWILIGHT masterpiece "The Devil's Hall Of Fame", are worth the buying, alike the terrificial booklet.
Everybody, who like Melodic as well as Power Metal, should snap MEDUZA! (Online September 29, 2002)