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Heavenly: Dust to Dust

Here's what you need to know about Dust to Dust, the third album from the French power/speed-metal band with the gall to call itself Heavenly: It's a three-chapter, 13-song concept album inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula and Anne Rice's Interview With A Vampire about a man bitten by a vampire who then wanders through the centuries fighting the urge to become a blood-sucking creature himself. If you're with me so far, it's beneficial to know that the second and third chapters are much more musically satisfying than the first chapter, with better overall songwriting and more cohesion. This is over-the-top stuff that features guest Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell, Rough Silk) on keyboards and producers Philip Coloditti and Sascha Paeth (Angra, Kamelot) twiddling the knobs. In short, on Dust to Dust Heavenly manages to sound like Blind Guardian crashing a Stratovarius/Freedom Call/Edguy triple bill yet somehow not quite as intriguing as each of those bands on their own.

Track Listing:
Chapter One
1) Ashes to Ashes (1:54)
2) Evil (6:12)
3) Lust For Life (6:13)
4) Victory (Creature of the Night) (6:51)
Chapter Two
5) Illusion Part 1 (2:08)
6) Illusion Part 2 (The Call of the Wild) (5:02)
7) The Ritual (0:57)
8) Keepers of the Faith (6:15)
9) Miracle (2003 Version) (9:08)
Chapter Three
10) Fight For Deliverance (6:57)
11) Hands of Darkness (5:33)
12) Kingdom Come (8:11)
13) Dust to Dust (4:51)
Total Time: 70:17

Added: March 30th 2004
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Heavenly Web Site
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Language: english

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