I can well remember when I had my first contact with FREEDOM CALL...at that time, it was at a GAMMA RAY gig in Salzburg in the Rockhouse. When we waited for the first band, the PA played a CD. Mighty epical Power Metal with killer choirs, great melodies and all paraphernalia. After three or four songs, I went to the soundman to ask for what he plays. Seemingly, I wasn't the first who asked because they pasted the cover of the CD on a tower: FREEDOM CALLs debut "Stairway To Fairyland".
Since that, I am a big fan of the Franconians and have all their CDs, also the new "Eternity" and you really have to say, that they have found their own style amongst all of the similary or equally sounding acts and so they have absolutely their right to exist, although they sound too happy or too epical or too whatever for many, you can't deny their independency, wether you like them or not.
On "Eternity", there hasn't changed anything, still there ruling great melodies, Epic and bombast, alike great choirs, that's absolutely my cup of tea :) FREEDOM CALL ever balancing between kitsch and class, but they do it well.
They start through with "Metal Invasion", fantastic stuff, fast, epical, including some typical big FREEDOM CALL choirs and a very good beginning. But then they offer us still great stuff, "Ages Of Power", the superb ballad "Bleeding Heart", the much hymnal "Flame In The Night", the much more hymnal "Land Of Light" (great melodies), everything great songs, which must be listened by every Power Metal fan!
What is also sticking out is the more used keyboard parts, which are more in the forefront (partly, they sound like blowers, like Joe already noted). On a song like "Land Of Light", the keyboards bring an epical/hymnal note, but sometimes they are used a little bit too strongly, what needs to deduct points.
But it's still a recommendation for everybody, who likes it melodic, bombastic but heavy, who loved the first records of them, will love "Eternity", too! (Online October 20, 2002)