State Of Euphoria - Saidian - Phoenix
Label: Metal Heaven - 00026 • Format: CD Album, Promo Cardsleeve • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
The German band Saidian, founded by keyboardist Markus Bohr, is back with another slab of good ole' melodic power metal the way we heard it a few times before nudge, nudge. This is their second album and my first encounter with the band. What I've read and heard is that the debut was far from being a solid effort and therefore my expectations were quite low when I inserted the disc for the first time.
I must say that I was quite surprised afterwards since it was a while ago I heard an album in the power metal genre with such dedication and State Of Euphoria - Saidian - Phoenix . In fact, I've got a feeling that State Of Euphoria - Saidian - Phoenix reduction of power metal releases has been made lately which is quite healthy considering the overdose we got a couple of years ago. As stated earlier, Saidian brings nothing new to the scene but that's not a necessity if you're in possession of strong material and that is actually the case here on the lion part of the album.
The rhythm section of Saidian is a solid unity that Juventud Antigueña - Marimba Gallito* - Musical Souvenir From Guatemala a great backbone to the overall sound that is dominated by melodic keyboards and efficient guitar Bird Bath - Rodrigo Amado, Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hebert, Gerald Cleaver, Kris Wanders / Mani Neumeie. Tracks worth mentioning is the speedy Praise The Lord, the melodic sing-a-long monster Ride Like The Wind, the power metal hymn Power And Glory and last but absolutely not least Fallen Heroes which is among the best songs I've heard in the genre since the debut album from Timeless Miracle arrived a year ago.
Thirteen tracks are however a few too much since a few fillers have found its way into the final product and sadly this destroys the flow of the album and effects the final judgement. Fans of power- or melodic metal should definitely check this one up since it was a pleasant surprise for me and Phoenix is bound to be a common guest in my CD player from now on.
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