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Elegy - Forbidden Fruit (8/10) - Netherlands - 2000

Genre: Power Metal
Label: T&T
Playing time: 52:20
Band homepage: Elegy

Tracklist:

  1. Icehouse
  2. Force Majeure
  3. Killing Time
  4. Behind The Tears
  5. The Great Charade
  6. 'Til Eternity
  7. Masquerade
  8. Elegant Solution
  9. I Believe
  10. Forbidden Fruit
Elegy - Forbidden Fruit
With their already sixth album "Forbidden Fruit" (if you exclude the "Primal Instinct"-EP), ELEGY again offer a quality piece of progressive Melodic Metal.

Again the line-up had not been stable (Bassist Martin Helmantel is the last remaining foundation-member), but with Patrick Rondat (guitar) and GŁnter Werno (keyboards/VANDEN PLAS) they managed to enlist some really top-notch (guest-)musicians, even though they apparently had no effect onto an evolution of the sound.

Who already had liked the more recent albums of the band, can get this one without second thought. Ian Parry's nice and very variable voice, tons of great melodies and quite some power result in a quite predictable album, yet still "Forbidden Fruit" has enough good material to offer, so the genre-fan repeatedly presses, ehm, well, repeat. Especially tracks like "'Til Eternity" and the orientally beginning "Forbidden Fruit" can be called small gems.

But still it will be hard for the guys to make their stand, because there are so many great albums on the market at the moment that ELEGY might very well go under in the sheer mass. Would be a pity, though!

Charly Kogler



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