Unless you’re genuinely a Progressive Power Metal fan, go ahead and click the “back” button now. Those of you still with me, welcome to the review.
ETERNAL FLIGHT, as you may have gathered from above (or from simply reading the band’s moniker), play Power Metal, and it’s of the progressive variety. The reason only genre diehards should care is that ETERNAL FLIGHT offer absolutely nothing new on their sophomore release, “Under The Sign Of Will”. Soaring leads, sprinklings of pretty keyboards, time variations and nice helpings of double bass are all found in spades on the album. Progressive Metal moments pop up here and there (see the bridge in the title track, or “Deaf Dumb And Blind”), and for the most ETERNAL FLIGHT plays it pretty safe and sticks to what would be considered safe in the Power Metal genre. Therefore, those that don’t already favor the genre aren’t going to find much to like here. Fortunately for genre fans, there is plenty to like.
Two standout features of “Under The Sign Of Will”, as is generally the case with well-executed Power Metal, are the vocals and the choruses. Vocalist Gérard Fois (ex-DREAM CHILD) has a deeper and slightly grittier voice that many of his genre counterparts, and keeps his vocals to a mid-range, opting to stay away from the upper register. As for the choruses, ETERNAL FLIGHT have a pretty good knack for penning a good hook, so there are some great sing-along choruses to be heard throughout the album.
“Under The Sign Of Will” is an enjoyable album in the Progressive Power Metal genre and will certainly appeal to all genre fans. Those who have yet to be convinced by the genre, however, should turn their attention elsewhere.
(Online February 13, 2008)