I don't know, if I'm the only one to think so, but to name yourself PLATITUDE, especially if you have chosen the genre of Power Metal, might not be the smartest move, because some people for sure will make the immediate connection to the content of the CD…
Anyhow, these young Swedes do not offer us platitudes like in being generic to the bone or bringing songs that lead nowhere, even though I have yet to find an own identity of any kind, which is a down, but if the music is good and fresh and stuff, that should be no problem. But…is it?
Well, folks like Hawk will be looking for the next bowl to vomit into, because PLATITUDE without a doubt are one of the new generation of Power Metal, they do not play the CELESTY type of music, but still, the direction stands as classically influenced Power Metal of the Swedish school. But to come back to the quality, the songs are excellently played and very well written, but in this case I partly share the gripe that for example Hawk has, it sounds a little too slick maybe, great production and everything, there is nothing that I could really complain about in particular.
Albums like these are always very hard to review as on the one hand you really like the music, but on the other hand are searching, where the hell to find some "handles" to find a grip… The opener "Deception", the fast "Anima" or "Secrets Of Life" are good songs, no doubt, but overall this album lacks something that I cannot fully put my finger on.
It goes in nicely, it goes out just as nicely but that is almost it, the substance and memorability is what this album just has not enough of. I still like it, but that is about it, I have to say… (Online April 14, 2003)