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At Vance: Facing Your Enemy

After a gap of approximately three years since Ride the Sky and with a rather fine complilation album called Decade, German metallers At Vance get on the metaphorical horse again and do you know what? Precious little has changed. At Vance have taken the not-too-surprising decision to not go down the route of going all hybrid on us and adding a touch of grime or dubstep to their sound. Instead they continue to plough the muscular melodic path which has given their career such longevity on mainland Europe.

Whether it is the galloping opener "Heaven is Calling" or the Whitesnake-like title track, quality is very much the watchword here. Perhaps the emphasis is more on classic hard rock than the power metal of their earliest work but there is much to like about Facing Your Enemy especially the guitar work of Olaf Lenk which weave a tapestry of sound all over the record. There is even the obligatory ballad "Don't Dream" where vocalist Rick Altzi pulls out his best Coverdale impression. Unfortunately "March of the Dwarfs" isn't a Rhapsody-esque hobbit and magicians saga but a short, to the point instrumental but other than that this is a fine addition to the At Vance canon.

Track Listing:
1. Heaven is Calling
2. Facing Your Enemy
3. Eyes of a Stranger
4. Fear No Evil
5. Live & Learn
6. Don't Dream
7. See Me Crying
8. Saviour
9. Tokyo
10. March of the Dwarf
11. Fame and Fortune
12. Things I Never Needed

Added: June 8th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2321
Language: english

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