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Mob Rules - Temple Of Two Suns (8,5/10) - Germany - 2000

Genre: Power Metal
Label: LMP
Playing time: 48:03
Band homepage: Mob Rules

Tracklist:

  1. The Temple Fanfare
  2. Pilot Of Earth
  3. Outer Space
  4. Celebration Day (Sun Serenade, Opus I)
  5. Flag Of Life (Sun Serenade, Opus II)
  6. Unknown Man
  7. Hold On
  8. Evolution's Falling
  9. Inside The Fire
  10. Eyes Of All Young
  11. Hold On (Reprise)
Mob Rules - Temple Of Two Suns
"Temple Of Two Suns" is the second album of the North German Power Metal-formation MOB RULES. After their debut "Savage Land" already was more than convincing, the quintet shows itself matured quite a lot and has arrived in the top-flight, because what they offer here is something you don't get too often!

"The Temple Fanfare" kicks off the album bombastically with epic, fanfare-like keyboards and a quite broad instrumentation, a very good opener, before "Pilot Of Earth" storms over you like a whirlwind, short and crunchy, fast Power Metal with very good vocals by Klaus Dirks, this is getting better and better!

Also the two-part "Sun Serenade" ("Celebration Day" and "Flag Of Life") is among the absolute choice-songs, the first part quite epic, with piano and choir, so the second half excels with a very swinging melody with violin and a swift rhythm, to get driven forward by forceful mid-tempo in the chorus, just to revert to the violin-supported beginning.

That they also master the balladesque terrain is shown by "Hold On", which is featured as pure piano/vocals-ballad, before returning as the closing song with all the instruments taking part.

What strikes besides the very clear and powerful sound, are the very catchy and flowing arrangements, without giving way to superficialities, but always keeping the same high quality-level.

I can only attest that MOB RULES for sure are one of Germany's best bands in the twilight zone between Melodic and Power Metal and again impressively showcase that Germany still is a very fertile soil for this music, if not the real hotbed!

Alexander Melzer



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