After the last, a bit disappointing SEVEN WITCHES-album "Xiled To Infinity And One" chief witch Jack Frost almost completely exchanged his troop. Well, at least we now get Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ENGINE) on the bass and for the vocals he hired James Rivera (HELSTAR, DESTINY'S END). And especially he makes "Passage To The Other Side" something special. His vocals sound so multi faceted that you only sit there in awe. Do not fear, you HELSTAR haters, his vocals have next to nothing to do with the Texas Metalians. He sings a little different (not as extreme) and quite a few times reaches Rob Halford qualities.
In fact a song like "Mental Messiah" sounds a lot like "Painkiller"; but it also kills all your pain!!! What I am very surprised about is that we do not get a single total failure here. Here the Power Metal club crashes through from the beginning till the end and you can't stop headbanging. That's the way it is supposed to be! Stainless steel like "Fever In The City" or the killing semi ballad "Passage To The Other Side", which turns into a classy stomper in the middle, has to be mentioned and are the highlights of this killer album! Or "The Last Horizon" is a hammer song before the Lord, who does not get enthused here hasn't understood what Metal is about! Perfect song, strong chorus, a lot of speed - divine! Or also the DEF LEPPARD bow "Wasted" has enough power under the arse and comes crashing through with quite some force. Even the two weakest songs of this disc, "Betrayed" and "Apocalyptic Dreams", are still better than the good songs of other acts.
An album that has an old school direction, but thanks to a modern, fat production sounds anything but out dated. Especially all those tralala combos should take a piece from here. Here there are not fu***ng happy songs…Metal should be dark and goddamn strain your neck vertebrae… (Online April 20, 2003)