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On disc: Antithesis



- Dying For Life - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
- Dying For Life - Volker Raabe - 7 stars


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Dying For Life

Dying For Life
(Massacre Rec. - 2001)


Dying For Life is the 2nd album of the Cleveland based progressive power metal quintet. The band was founded back in 1997 from the guitarists Sean Perry and Paul Konjicija. Soon they found the others to complete the line-up which is stable since.
In 1998 the self-titled debut got into the stores, but the small label of Lance King (Balance Of Power) couldn't give support to make it big. Now with Massacre Records they have a strong business partner and get the chance to catch the attention of more people.
The European version got a new mix and cover artwork, also a bonus track called Secret Fires. The US release I don't know, so I can't compare. Anyway, the album has a very powerful sound and present the Americans very well. Songs like Soul Of Ice are powerful and have progressive elements as well as surprising breaks. Singer Ty Cook and his mates play music in the tradition of Omen, Fates Warning old Queensrÿche and can partly be compared with Jacob's Dream. The acoustic intro of Times Of Trial might surprise the listener, but soon turn into a mid-tempo track with emotional vocals. A slower number you might think, but than get harder and faster... The variety makes it interesting. The songs are powerful, even the slower tracks / parts which remind me a little bit of the German band Vanden Plas, but there is more... Listen to this CD and even after several spins you'll discover new details here and there.


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Dying For Life

Dying For Life
(Massacre Rec. - 2001)


After the first spin Dying For Life is a decent album. The band is musically somewhere between Nevermore, Jag Panzer, Iced Earth and old Fates Warning. But the quintet add progressive sounds which make them differ from the named bands. The five-some is based in the old school US metal, but the added prog elements make them less catchy. Good examples are Deceiver Within and Distanced; all songs are on a high level of musicianship, but their latest album will only be interesting for purists. And there aren't that many.... It's a pity. Power metal fans should give it a try, perhaps you'll like Antithesis Dying For Life. Definitely not a waste of time.


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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