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Narnia - The Great Fall (7/10) - Sweden - 2003

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 54:05
Band homepage: Narnia

Tracklist:

  1. War Preludium
  2. The Countdown Has Begun
  3. Back From Hell
  4. No Time To Lose
  5. Innocent Blood
  6. Ground Zero
  7. Judgement Day
  8. Desert Land
  9. The Great Fall Of Man
Narnia - The Great Fall
I really lost track of this band after their debut. The reason was because you had another band from Sweden who was talented and they ended up sounding like Yngwie Malmsteen note for note. A valiant effort, but fell way short on originality. Now, the band is on their forth album and I have to say that I was surprised to hear an original album that stood on its own.

It's still Power Metal with fancy fretboard work, but it doesn't sound like Yngwie anymore. The keyboards are less flashy as well. They seem to be utilized better this time around. The band also still marches on with its positive Christian message, but don't shovel it down your throat. "The Countdown Has Begun" packs a lot of power and talent to get the ball rolling on this disc. The guitar work is a bit darker and grittier on "Back From Hell". What did you expect with a title like that....hmmmm? The guitar solos also fast and furious on this dark little number.

The guitar solo during "No Time To Lose" is very reminiscent of Ritchie Blackmore with its slow and dark feeling as he pulls the strings. "Judgement Day" features STRATOVARIUS drummer Anders Johansson. Very neo-classical, but very good to say the least. The disc finishes off with the epic 14 minute track "The Great Fall Of Man" featuring special vocalist from SAVIOUR MACHINE, Eric Clayton. The song is powerful, bombastic and neo-classical, but drawn out just a little too long for my taste.

Overall, they have truly risen above their counterparts and made something that stands out for once. The production is top notch and the performance is a lot more mature than their beginnings. (Online July 11, 2003)

Joe Florez



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