1. Spirit Never Dies 2. Enlighten Me 3. Kind Hearted Light 4. Crystal Night 5. Soulburn 6. Heroes 7. Sail On 8. Into The Light 9. Crawling From Hell 10.Bleeding Eyes 11.When Love Comes Close
After leaving Helloween and forming their new band Masterplan, Uli Kusch (dr.) and Roland Grapow (g.) had two possibilities: either losing grip or making the big deal. Well, honestly they did the last one and how they did it! They acquired the Norwegian Jorn Lande - one of the greatest, eclectic and multi-talented vocalists in the actual power metal scene - who really did a great job.
The album itself is comparable with Helloween with some nuances of Stratovarius and a little touch of Primal Fear. You could say that it's simply a great power-metal album that really kicked ass in Europe (it launched under the top positions for 2003 in Germany and other European countries) and surely it will do that too in the US. What is it that makes this album that special? Well, first of the production is absolutely great. The riffings are modern, heavy and melodic too, the song structure is full of good ideas (but never complex) and the sound is heavy, fast and polished with the great voice of Jorn Lande. All tracks are really fantastic. You won't find a song that isn't great and once you hear them you won't be able to knock them out of your brain.
It's really hard to give hints for getting in this album.... The opener "Spirit Never Dies" will make you crazy, but it is just a taste of what's to come. "Enlighten Me" and "Kind Hearted Light" are hymns and both will surely become classic live tracks that no one will want to miss. But the two best songs (for me) on this great album are "Soulburn" - you cannot top that one!!! - and "Bleeding Eyes" that is rather slow and a little bit gloomy too but absolutely great.
Just one thing remains for me left to say: This album will set new standarts and it will remain as a milestone in power-metal history. Buy it or you'll really miss a masterpiece. Great! - Nuff said.
Rating 7 of 7
--Anvil 12.18.03 (Austria)
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