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Destiny's End - Transition (8,5/10) - USA - 2001

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 55:13
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Transition
  2. The Watcher
  3. A Passing Phase
  4. The Suffering
  5. From Dust To Life
  6. Storm Clouds
  7. First You Dream, Then You Die
  8. The Legend
  9. A Choice Of Graves
  10. Vanished
Destiny's End - Transition
I've never been a big fan of US Metal, but sometimes there are albums that even my ears want to hear more often, "Transition", DESTINY'S END's second effort, is one of them.

The opening title-track is thundering straight and double-bass-driven through my speakers, has a great vocal-line, so who likes Power Metal and doesn't feel appealed by this song, should better have a meeting with his ear-specialist... Roughly in the same vein we also have "From Dust To Life", straight and swift.

That the band around former HELSTAR-fronter James Rivera can do more than just speed ahead, is proven by the mid-paced "The Watcher", the very varied "The Suffering", the riff-laden "Storm Clouds" (including a very nice acoustic passage in the middle) and the closing "Vanished", which starts out balladesque, but then develops into a thundering double-bass-track.

Who already liked the debut, can get this one without second thought, all connoisseurs of forged steel in general should check out "Transition" at the very least.

Alexander Melzer



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