"Menergy" already is the fifth regular album by the Wolfsburg-quintet and it sounds...different, yet still familiar.
It might seem a little strange that just now that the Power Metal is in the highest level since the beginning of the new Metal-chronology (HAMMERFALL), a veteran band changes its sound... Well, anyway, let's look at the music.
Half of the tracks on this concept-album could have stood on any of the more recent CDs without any problems, the other half, however, sounds a lot more modern than the "old" HEAVENS GATE.
Tracks like "Worldmachine" or "Dreamland" are among the forerunners of these modern rhythms and melody-lines, but still you recognize the band behind it as HEAVENS GATE, mainly thanks to the vocals of Thomas Rettke, still the trademark of the band.
But also the songs that still bear the roots of the past, especially "Mastermind" and the title-track, sound more mature, most so in the chorus that doesn not bear the happy songalong-melodies anymore.
Die-Hard-True Metaller (nice word, eh?) will have their problems with "Menergy" but after a few more runs it opens up. So give the band, the album the time it needs, because the musical substance is too good!