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Eternal Reign - Forbidden Path - 2005 - SPV

Track Listing
1. Gate To Infinity
2. Light The Light
3. Into My Own Hands
4. Final Call, The
5. Edge Of The World
6. Les Reves En Plastique
7. Forbidden Path
8. Losing Ground
9. Set The Sails
10. Nightstalker
11. Ten Seconds In
Like many Limb bands, Eternal Reign, is a fairly young power metal band dwelling in relative obscurity. "Forbidden Path" marks the band's second release, but this is the first I've ever heard of them. If the debut is comparable than it seems I've been missing out.

With a sound that's melodic yet retaining a fair deal of heaviness, the music here reminds me of a sort of cross between Symphorce and Mob Rules. Like Mob Rules this album has a certain flowing, smooth quality, but it has a bit more heaviness and is more direct. Vocally is where I'm most reminded of Symphorce as the vocalist shifts from a slightly gruff delivery to very soaring and clean ala Andy Franck. Occasionally the singer will also ascend into a falsetto briefly which reminds of Timo Kotipelto.

Overall, this is just a well balanced and catchy power metal band that would probably appeal to fans of bands such as Mob Rules, Symphorce, and Tad Morose. A pleasent suprise from an unknown.

Highlights: The Final Call, Set The Sails, Edge Of The World

Rating 3.0/5.0


--Stygian Steel 10.11.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Forbidden PathEternal Reign
2005
Stygian Steel10/28/2005


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: ETERNAL REIGN
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The Dawn Of ReckoningEternal Reign
2010
Chris Kincaid10/22/2010


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