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Secret Sphere - Scent of Human Desire - 2003 Reviewed by Chaoslord

Track Listing
01 - Rain
02 - Still Here
03 - 1000 Eyes Show
04 - More Than Simple Emotions
05 - Surrounding
06 - Desire
07 - Virgin Street 69
08 - Runaway Train
09 - Scent Of A Woman
10 - Life 1 (Walking Through The Dawn)
11 - Life 2 (Daylight)
12 - Kings Of Metal (J)
Alright, here's the deal with this band. They are your typical power metal band that has surfaced within the last few years. Very similar in style to Angel Dust and Gamma Ray. There are lots of melodic guitars and plenty of solos to satisfy the most avid guitarist. The rest of the music is what you would expect out of a power metal group nowadays.

With that being said, there isn't really anything that stands out to separate this band from any of the other power metal bands out there today. Not saying that it's a bad thing, but it would be nice to hear something different every now and again instead of the same old thing. The vocals are easily likened to Dirk Thurisch of Angel Dust and any of the other European vocalists out there due to the slightly broken English that he sings in. This is a good demo though as far as the production is concerned. Very crisp and clear and allows you to hear each of the instruments as they are meant to be heard. If you are a fan of the aforementioned bands or are looking to start getting into more power metal, try and track down this demo.


--Chaoslord 03.17.04
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

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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