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Heavenly - Sign Of The Winner (7,5/10) - France - 2001

Genre: Power Metal
Label: T&T
Playing time: 54:09
Band homepage: Heavenly

Tracklist:

  1. Break The Silence
  2. Destiny
  3. Sign Of The Winner
  4. The World Will Be Better
  5. Condemned To Die
  6. The Angel
  7. Still Believe
  8. The Sandman
  9. Words Of Change
  10. Until The End
Heavenly - Sign Of The Winner
"Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part 3" or what? No, not THAT bad, but you could almost think that the guys around Benjamin Kiske, ehm, Sotto aimed at creating the third part of this classic. Their debut "Coming From The Sky" had been one of the most successful debuts in the history of their label Noise/T&T, despite the originality-factor approaching almost zero.

Now they are bringing us their second effort in "Sign Of The Winner" and this one also can convince instrumentally and in the arrangement-department, with a good production thanks to Tommy Hansen. The French quintet offers us catchy, dynamic and quite variably arranged songs, which are following the same path of the debut, broadly arranged, partly fast Power Metal of the European school, with quite high vocals and some symphonic elements.

But there still is the problem of originality, which still cannot be found in abundance. In the course of these 54 minutes I have met HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, STRATOVARIUS and RHAPSODY sometimes pretty obviously, some passages could not only vocally, but completely have stood on the "Keeper"-albums and other parts also are beyond the status of "influence", which, with all quality, is a minus in the book of this album.

Who doesn't need at least a bit of originality or just wants to listen to a good Power Metal-album, HEAVENLY is yours, but the next time around please, please, please spice up your creative potential with own ideas! Thanks!

Alexander Melzer



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