Sea Of Tranquility



The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

Who's Online
There are currently 57 guests online.

Google Ads





Heavenly: Sign of the Winner

If you have the stones to name your band Heavenly, you sure as hell better play music that justifies such a majestic name. And "Break the Silence" the opening instrumental track on Heavenly's sophomore album, Sign of the Winner may just be the theme song you'll hear upon passage from this world into the next. Rich keyboards, magnificent drums and even the sound of a glorious harp signal the beginning of a well-balanced and intriguing power metal record.

The French quartet then slam into "Destiny," a track that's just as good as the one of the same title by Stratovarius the band Heavenly most seems to be emulating. Singer Ben Sotto's vocal cords soar above all else (much as Timo Kotipelto's voice rises above the rest of Stratovarius' music), while guitarist Fred Leclercq, bassist Pe Pelisson and drummer Maxence Pilo play their hearts out. Both Sotto and Leclercq also are adept keyboard players.

Sign of the Winner is intense, over-the-top stuff complete with choirs but without some of the ridiculous imagery and lyrics that have given power metal a bad name. "Condemned to Die" takes listeners inside the head of a terminally ill man asking for guidance to his death, while its sequel, "The Angel" follows the man as he crosses the threshold between life and death. "The Sandman" summons childhood dreams, and "Until the End" is a reflection on war. This isn't the best power metal release of the year, but it's a refreshing I daresay divine take on the genre that moves beyond the band's appealing debut, Coming From the Sky, and positions Heavenly for a run at Europe's elite.

Added: October 21st 2001
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Score:
Related Link: Noise Records
Hits: 2082
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]

  

[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]




2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by SpeedSoft.com