Since 1997 I am following the career of those folks from Denmark, then still as MANTICORE and with their self-released debut-EP "Dead End Solution". Five years later "Hyperion" is rotating in my player and it already is the third complete album from the sextet.
And the Danes still sound as original and almost unique as ever: Power Metal, sometimes bordering a little on Thrash Metal, with really original vocals by Lars F. Larsen. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill True Metal with the big and catchy choruses and nursery rhyme-melodies, but altogether sounding more...ehm, more... Well, I do not really know how to put it into words, so let's call it different.
Especially the drum-style of Mads Volf is responsible for the thrashy feel of the music that still undeniably is Power Metal, because the melodies without a single doubt are dominant, yet despite the latent use of keyboards always retaining a more than healthy heaviness, which really benefits MANTICORA.
Even though it might take two or three rotations to get into the Danes' sounds, "Hyperion" definitely is no second to their first two complete albums "Roots Of Eternity" and "Darkness With Tales To Tell" and the grade of complexity within the songs guarantees that the compositions every time still reveal new and intriguing details that make MANTICORA stand out even more than they already do.
And although tracks like "Filaments Of Armageddon", the orientally touched "Keeper Of Time - Eternal Champion" and "Cantos" are more than seven minutes long, they never seem to be thanks to the multi-layered, but still very accessible variety of the songs. And a ballad like "At The Keep" is one of the best and most uncliché I've heard in a long time!
With "Hyperion" MANTICORA again deliver a high-quality output that definitely does not sound like all the others and that, together with the quality, of course, should absolutely be honoured by the Metal-fans out there and finally bring MANTICORA to the level they belong to! (Online November 3, 2002)