Eternal Flight - Positive Rage 2004 Cruz Del Sur Music reviewed by: EC
1. The Masks will fall 2. guardians 3. All we are 4. New world 5. Real 6. Secret place 7. Beyond (the golden gates) 8. Prelude (-ath is not the end) 9. Back into the light (Renaissance) 10. Morphoenix 11. The moon king
Sometimes you just stumbe across those bands that seem like they have the look and sound that you are searching for. You know, the bands that have the really great album covers, the metallic logo, and that sure fire image that will surely rule your speakers once you get the album into the closest set of speakers. I guess that is the feeling I had for Eternal Flight, a new band from France that have released their debut record, "Positive Rage", through Cruz Del Sur Music. One look at the album cover will get you excited, easily one of the best jackets of the year. Research shows the album cover is done by Geoffrey Gillespie, who has done a lot of work for Doro and Warlock. Once you get past the glorious artwork, well it is just more of the same.
Eternal Flight was created after the break-up of Dream Child, a much talked about power metal band that saw three albums released before their split. The band's mastermind, Gérard Fois, created his new brainchild, Eternal Flight, after his departure from Dream Child. Now "Positive Rage" is unveiled, an album that is much in the same vein as Fois' previous band. Is that a good thing? To my ears it isn't, with my senses more customized for bigger, epic power metal. I like my sound a little stronger and over the top, while Eternal Flight is more in line with light, friendly melody and soft vocal lines. I certainly don't buy into the light hearted stuff, but to someone who is into the Masterplans of the world, then this is a worthy find.
Fois has a great metal voice, and even hits some high falsetto on this record, but for the most part he seems to be complacent with his low-keyed delivery, just going through the motions. Each track seems to have some good parts, but for a majority of the songs, the music just falls flat. Guitarist Christophe Offredi does a decent job here with what he has to work with, but his playing really doesn't have any kind of pattern. When the songs seem suitable for a nice bridge or chorus part, the band just goes on another tangent, never stopping for much ear candy.
Comparisons could be made to Easy Rider or Stormhammer, with heavy progressive metal the obvious fit. The band enlists a full time keyboard player, but thankfully the keyboards aren't a driving force here. They are way back in the mix and at times barely noticable. For fans of Dream Child, Easy Rider, Angra, and even Shadow Gallery, this is your kind of metal. The main ingredients with this concoction are soft vocals and melody, mid-tempo speed, and a very light delivery. For someone like myself who enjoys a good traditional power metal opus, then Eternal Flight falls well short of the mark.
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