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Freedom Call: Land Of The Crimson Dawn

German power metal veterans Freedom Call throw down the gauntlet to the rest of the genre early in 2012 with the spellbinding new album that is Land Of The Crimson Dawn. Frontman Chris Bay accurately states in the press release that some of their new material marks a shift in style insofar as "the new tracks simply have more of that rock n roll feel". Certainly tracks like "Rockstars" and "Rockin' Radio" are more head banging crunchers as opposed to galloping sword and sorcery anthems but there is still enough of the latter spread across the CD's fourteen tracks to have their devoted following wielding their broadswords and proclaiming this as the power metal release of the year before January is at an end.

The mystical fantasy world that Freedom Call inhabits is at the forefront of guts and glory epics "Age of the Phoenix", "Crimson Dawn" and "66 Warriors", all of which capture the spirit of the battlefield. Land Of The Crimson Dawn marks the arrival to the band of new drummer Klaus Sperling who has replaced founder member Dan Zimmerman, the later being unable to commit to touring with his ongoing involvement in Gamma Ray, and Sperling proves to be a more than capable replacement with some powerful drumming throughout. There are plenty of uplifting and vibrant moments such as the blistering "Valley of Kingdom" with its effective riffing and Bray's soaring vocals in the ascendancy. But Freedom Call are not afraid to diversify with the stuttering, contemporary rocker that is "Sun in the Dark" being some way removed from the usual power metal blueprint but still delivered in such a way that it does not sound out of place. "Terra Liberty" is one part brooding rocker (riff and verse) and one part bombastic, galloping anthem (chorus) which makes for an effective combination. There is a Celtic vibe to the closing "Power & Glory" with the self-referencing lyrics and invitation to "a Heavy Metal party" ensuring this will be a huge live favourite when the band embarks on the next tour.

A majestic album from start to finish, all hail Freedom Call!

Track Listing
1. Age of the Phoenix 3:37
2. Rockstars 5:08
3. Crimson Dawn 6:29
4. 66 Warriors 5:20
5. Back into the Land of Light 5:39
6. Sun in the Dark 4:49
7. Hero on Video 3:50
8. Valley of Kingdom 4:32
9. Killer Gear 4:42
10. Rockin` Radio 4:13
11. Terra Liberty 4:09
12. Eternity 4:23
13. Space Legends 4:04
14. Power & Glory 3:30

Added: February 4th 2012
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2666
Language: english

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Freedom Call: Land Of The Crimson Dawn
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-02-04 07:23:46
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Land of the Crimson Dawn is another in a long line of powerful and majestic power metal releases from those lovable German lads Freedom Call. I've always found their music a bit more compelling than say Hammerfall or Edguy, mainly due to their increased focus on musicianship over cheese factor (something the other two acts have had trouble with in recent years), and on this latest CD you get plenty of scorching guitar & keyboard work to go along with catchy melodies, blazing rhythms, and soaring vocals. Toss in their 'sword & sorcery' lyrics and you have a platter that is all too familiar yet still highly enjoyable.

"Rockstars" might be the most commercial tune this band has ever done, and you can hear the influence of Helloween, Edguy, and even Styx on this one. Featuring a huge chorus, hooks aplenty, chugging riffs, and tricky lead guitar, this one's an anthem for the ages and will have you singing along instantly. Elsewhere, you get Freedom Call's trademark symphonic power metal littered with proggy elements, like on the glorious "Crimson Dawn", the memorable "66 Warriors", and the over the top "Valley of the Kingdom", which is a must for fans of Rhapsody of Fire, Helloween, and early Edguy. Gotta love the symphonic keyboards of "Back into the Land of the Light", and the epic sounding "Eternity" is as majestic as power metal gets.

Yep, Land of the Crimson Dawn is another winner from Freedom Call. Though their brand of epic fantasy power metal might be a tad much for some, if you have any love for the genre at all these guys are near the top of the mountain. Recommended.

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