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Ride The Sky - New Protection (6/10) - Sweden - 2007

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 50:06
Band homepage: Ride The Sky


  1. New Protection
  2. A Smile From Heaven's Eye
  3. Silent War
  4. The Prince Of Darkness
  5. Break The Chain
  6. Corroded Dreams
  7. The End Of Days
  8. Far Beyond The Stars
  9. Black Cloud
  10. Endless
  11. Heaven Only Knows
  12. A Crack In The Wall
Ride The Sky - New Protection

Ui, this is a hard review to write. OK, I love Power Metal, this band consists of (former) members of the likes of TEARS OF ANGER, HELLOWEEN/GAMMA RAY/MASTERPLAN (in form of drummer Uli Kusch), all bands that I like quite a lot, they name themselves RIDE THE SKY after one of HELLOWEEN’s best tunes ever and the logo and cover look great.


So when you compare this first paragraph to my rating, you will easily figure out that something went rather wrong somewhere, as it does not exactly match. To me RIDE THE SKY are the perfect example for something that seems to be a new trend within the Power Metal genre, putting more focus on extremely polished compositions and smooth choruses etc., almost completely eliminating corners and edges within the songs, which most of the, by many dreaded, epic Power Metal bands still retain within their music. Basically one thing that I am missing here is one of the two words in the genre: Power.


The songs are very expertly written (with TEARS OF ANGER guitarist Benny Jansson as creative mastermind) and flawlessly performed, so there is nothing to be really torn apart there, but most of the songs sound tame and fail to grip me, which is a problem, especially when trying to compete in a very crowded market, such as Power Metal. And to add insult to injury, some of the songs remind me quite a bit of MASTERPLAN, Uli Kusch’s former band, sometimes thanks to Bjørn Jansson’s voice, which can be a dead ringer of former MASTERPLAN fronter Jorn Lande, coincidences over coincidences here…


Now of course not all hope is lost, especially when the guys manage to break out of the confines a little, “The Prince Of Darkness” is faster and also a bit heavier (here the vocals are very close to Lande), “Corroded Dreams” also has a bit more power than the rest, the dark “The End Of Days” reminds me a little of happier BEYOND TWILIGHT, while “A Crack In The Wall” at the very end puts the keyboards more into the background and lets the guitars speak a little louder, which suits the song (and band) very well. The rest is inconspicuous and doesn’t manage to stick to the memory, especially “Black Cloud”, where things get very fluffy…


So how do you rate an album such as this? I figured I’d give it the benefit of the doubt and still go above average, as it does have its qualities and they in the end outweigh the flaws, but still, I had hoped for so much more…

(Online October 4, 2007)

Alexander Melzer

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