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Friday, 28 November 2014
AXENSTAR – Where Dreams Are Forgotten (CD)
Swedish power metal band Axenstar have been
around for quite some time now. They started out as a cover band back in 1998
and made their first album in 2002. I must say they have evolved quite nicely
by each album. Singer Magnus Winterwild started out as the band’s keyboardist,
but his decision to become a singer was a really good one as his clean and
strong voice fits the slightly progressive power metal perfectly. To be honest,
my interest for power metal has more or less vanished the last couple of years,
due to over exposure, probably ;-). However, while listening to “When Dreams
Are Forgotten” I do realize there’s actually still some good power metal out
there as well. The reason why Axenstar slips my through the net for me, is
probably because 1. They lean a bit more towards the proggier side, which gives
me a vibe of Pagan’s Mind. 2. They skip all the major scale happy lucky
sing-a-long choruses that give me the shivers. A great and fat production by
the band and Pelle Saether also gives the album a bump in the right direction.
Then there are songs like the excellent “Curse Of The Tyrant” which sounds a
bit like if you would mix Candlemass and Helloween, power metal with quite
doomy riffs. Nice! Not bad at all, especially for a power metal album.