Company: Perris Records Release: 2008 Reviewer: Raising Iron Genre: Power
If you're a fan of the lighter side of metal, you surely will not be disappointed
Keldian is a relatively new band out of Norway, and "Journey Of Souls" is their sophomore effort. Consisting of merely two band members proper, they've put together a very well-executed album. This is melodic power metal with a heavy emphasis on "melodic". The keyboards really carry the day here. Strong melodies move the songs along at a speedy pace ala Sonata Arctica or Stratovarius at their happiest moments. The vocals are ok, but the vocalist's range is limited. I found myself at times wishing the female backing vocalist was actually the lead. She has a very smooth, creamy tone and it's a nice juxtaposition against the tenor from Christer Andresen. Choruses are catchy, as per usual at this end of the metal pool, and the production, although crisp and clear, is all in the mids. There really isn't any bottom end here, and I've got to assume the drumming is programmed; it's very mechanistic and minimalistic.
What really soars here though is the strength of song. I don't usually go for my metal this sweet and sugary, but there is a lot of variation to be found on this disc and like I said earlier, the songs move at a good clip. Other than the nine minute epic, "Memento Mori", all the tracks come in around the 5 minute mark or less. Highlights of the album include the song "Vinland" which has some nice, folky interludes; but what is probably the best track, "The Devil In Me", has a great chorus with male and female alternating vox, a *gasp* "heavy" chorus, and a nice violin movement toward the middle of the piece.
So, ultimately what we have here is another somewhat rote melodic power metal act who have a knack for good writing. I suppose I'd be more enamored with this cd if the scene wasn't already glutted with this style of metal, but I'm still recommending it based on strength of song and the variation found therein. If you're a fan of the lighter side of metal, you surely will not be disappointed.
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