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Heavenly: Carpe Diem

With great albums like the epic vampire tale that was Dust To Dust, the ever dependable French band Heavenly have continually impressed and helped keep European Power Metal alive and strong.

Heavenly's fifth album Carpe Diem is a treasure chest full of more prominent Euro power metal, released in the latter part of 2009 in some areas of the world (release is upcoming in the US), and it's without a doubt the best release of its type I have heard in recent times. As for the spicy cover art, I wonder if the inspiration came from that kiss between those two well known female celebrities...

One department that is always a highlight of Heavenly's songs is the vocals; well, on Carpe Diem Heavenly have done it again. The wonderful multiple male vocals return with great effect, and vocalist Ben Sotto has no problem hitting those high notes when necessary, they even have a Queen vibe on track three "Farewell" where even the guitar sound is very Brian May like, and singer Ben does a great Freddy Mercury style vocal performance. Actually Carpe Diem could be described as a combo of Euro power metal and Queen including a splash of Beethoven with"Ode To Joy". The very appealing song "A Better Me" is a great blend as Queen meets power metal, then again Heavenly aren't fearful of taking some surprising twists and turns in their music. New drummer Piwee is a great addition; Piwee gets to show off his skills on opening and title track "Carpe Diem", with his inspired kick patterns. Of course there are your more traditional Heavenly tracks like "Lost In Your Eyes" and "Ashen Paradise". Basically, Carpe Diem has a lot to enjoy.

Fans of acts like Gamma Ray and Freedom Call can't go wrong with Heavenly's releases including Carpe Diem. Those that relish this form of European metal will unquestionably get their money's worth and then some.


Track list:
1.Carpe Diem
2.Lost In Your Eyes
3.Farewell
4.Fullmoon
5.A Better Me
6.Ashen Paradise
7.The Face Of The Truth
8.Ode To Joy
9.Save Our Souls

Added: July 20th 2010
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Score:
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Heavenly: Carpe Diem
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-07-20 07:00:33
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Sweeping, melodic power metal is the name of the game on Heavenly's latest release, Carpe Diem. After the popular albums Virus and Dust to Dust, this French act needed to keep the momentum going, and they certainly have, in a big way. Clearly inspired by Queen, Hammerfall, Helloween, Gamma Ray, and Blind Guardian, Heavenly mix soaring vocal harmonies with symphonic keyboard arrangements and a pummeling power metal framework, and it all comes together quite nicely here on Carpe Diem.

As always the real star of the show is lead singer Ben Sotto. This guy has some serious pipes, and you are either going to fall in love with his over the top delivery or cast it aside as pure cheese. Though he does go full bore quite often here, I'm going to go with the former verdict-this guy has some real talent folks. Just check him out on the symphonic "Farewell" (holy Queen Batman!!!), the heavy power metal rager that is the title track, the crunchy rocker "Ashen Paradise", or the wildly addicting "A Better Me". The rest of the band are not to be forgotten though, as they deliver plenty of solid rhythms, and a healthy dose of furious riffing & tasty solos. It all clicks perfectly on the epic & majestic power metal number "The Face of Truth", complete with grandiose keyboard orchestrations, anthemic riffs, and powerful vocals.

This is solid & enjoyable all the way around. Carpe Diem signals a band that is ready to make a name for themselves on the power metal circuit. If you haven't checked out Heavenly yet, now's the time to do it folks.



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