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Onward - Reawaken (7/10) - USA - 2002

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Century Media
Playing time: 54:49
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Reawaken
  2. Night
  3. The Seven Tides Of Labyrinthine
  4. Where Evil Follows
  5. Eye Of The Nightmare
  6. My Darkest Room
  7. In Due Time
  8. Clockwork Toy
  9. Who Saw The Last Star Fall
  10. The Next Triumph
Onward - Reawaken
For the second time the Americans of ONWARD are offering us their musical creation with "Reawaken" and musically nothing much has changed compared to their debut "Evermoving", they still play a mix of American and European Power Metal, where I am still not hundred percent sure, if I now like it or not so much...

The riffing still is American, the melodies rather European and the vocals somewhere between. Just like on the debut they are mostly treading mid-paced to fast paths, where Toby Knapp's guitar-play (he graduated from the G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology)) is the pivotal point, but thankfully he doesn't show off too much.

With the title-track they are kicking off in a very strong way, very good drive, good guitars, plus the quite original voice of Michael Grant, very good beginning, but after that the songs somehow get a little too uniform, I miss a little of variety, after the opener no track really stands out anymore, even though Michael Grant did a good job it seems that they saved a little on vocal-lines because after a while some of them begin to repeat. I mean, if you listen to a CD and before realising it you are at track 8, then this tells you something, even more if the only thing that you still can remember is the opener...

I don't want to say that "Reawaken" was weak, no, no, it's just (like the debut) one of those CDs, which you can very well listen to, but rush by your ears without leave any real impression, but maybe it's just my ears...

Alexander Melzer



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