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Opus Atlantica - s/t (7/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Regain Records
Playing time: 35:49
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:


  1. Line Of Fire
  2. Judas Call
  3. Holy Graal
  4. Prince Of Darkness
  5. Anthem
  6. Falling Angel
  7. Endless Slaughter
  8. Sleep With The Devil
  9. Edge Of The World
Opus Atlantica - s/t
Pete Sandberg sports a record featuring super musicians Johan Reinholdz (ANDROMEDA/NON-EXIST), Johan Reingold (FLOWER KINGS), and Jaime Salazar (MIDNIGHT SUN/ex-FLOWER KINGS). I have never heard a neo classical/Progressive/Power Metal album in just 35 minutes. For that alone, I give them a thumbs up. Most people in this genre have the urge to cram every complex note they have into each song which makes it ultra long and then boring because they have to let you know just how talented and complex they are.

I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with their compositions and the way that they take hold of their instruments. They are tight and each song has no filler. There are some complex compositions such as "Judas Call" where you can hear choirs singing in the background and hear some amazing guitar work along with awesome drum playing. The keys performed by Johan are just awe inspiring. The only problem here is Pete's vocals. He can sing, but the pitch is just too high for me much in the same way of most German Power Metal bands. I have been very disappointed in the bands that Europe have been producing is last few years, but this comes at a wonderful surprise. I think that if Pete just dropped down an octave or two then these guys would be unbeatable.

Hailing from Sweden, the band manages to not sound like their counter parts in their homeland or in the genre in general. Their music is fantastic and the fact that they get the job done in under 40 minutes is a major plus. This brand breathes new life into a genre that is quite possibly fizzling out rather quickly now. (Online June 17, 2003)

Joe Florez



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