Even thought the lion-headed sphinx on the cover looks a bit strange, NARNIA have developed into one of the premier acts of Melodic Metal, not least because "Desert Land" is the heaviest album of the young Swedes so far.
The gentlemen Grimmark & co. offer the whole spectrum of Melodic Metal from mellow and balladesque tunes up to straight, double-bass-driven crackers with a certain STRATOVARIUS-aura. And that the musical mastery of the youngsters isn't to be put into question is proved by each track, guitarist Carljohann Grimmark has been compared to Yngwie Malmsteen more than once, yet his creations sound much more song-serviceable and the vocalist also doesn't have to hide behind anyone.
Apart from the straight and crunchy opener "Inner Sanctum", the stomping "Angels Are Crying" and the fast "The Witch And The Lion" I have to point out the closing "Trapped In This Age", a nine-minute-plus-epos, like you don't get to hear often in this genre.
Fans of this sub-genre should get NARNIA's third album for sure.