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Absolute Power - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
Absolute Power - Umberto Mino - 9 stars


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Absolute Power

Absolute Power
(Vanadium Records - 2007)


Aska are from Dallas, Texas and this is their last CD. Worldwide it received a lot of nice critics and also Ice Vajal follow this line, because this is not only a very good CD, this one is EXCELLENT!!!! Real metal at least...... huge influence by the classical stuff and a bunch of excellent songs complete this nice package of 10 tracks on one optical disc.
The start is made by Longships and Legion and I don't remember from how many time I've listen a couple of tracks like these from the beginning!!!! Nice!! Her Ghost Remains and Until Death Do Us Part show that the high quality of this CD is not only at the beginning.... Vowbreaker just push down the accelerator, Message From God give us questions about religion, Martyrer is the intro for Freedom - for me the best track of this CD! That one shows to everyone what is real Heavy Metal!!!!!!! Invasion continue to show us the meaning of real metal and the last track Warrior Poets is an instrumental track inspired by Scotland.
Ok, what more can I say???? For me a 10/10 is for the masterpieces, this one deserve 9.5/10, but the real judgement is 9/10. Please look for this CD and listen carefully! They really deserve it!!!!!


9 stars

Umberto Mino
 

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Absolute Power

Absolute Power
(Vanadium Records - 2007)


American band Aska is presenting their 5th album which is simply called Absolute Power. Singer George Call some might know as the frontman of Omen... Musically Aska present powerful traditional metal. So they take you into the Aska world with Longships, a song which shows reminiscences to Dio, Iron Maiden and a dash Thin Lizzy. Fanfares and the sound of marching feet lead you into Legion, a guitar-driven song with a catchy refrain which shows melodic riffing and powerful vocals. At Her Ghost: Remains the drums seems to force them ahead... The song has an 80's vibe and is soon haunting you... The high-pitched vocals which seem to come from the distance give is a slight Savatage-ish touch, but the song itself has nothing in common with the Florida boys. After the interlude Until Death Do Us Part they present Vowbreaker, a real killer! Heavy, riff-based, melodic and catchy! Great guitar play. My favorite on Absolute Power! Another intense metal tune is Martyrer which will surprise you with some Mercyful Fate-like elements. In a different direction they'll take you with Freedom, a short instrumental intermezzo. Then the call of a muezzin takes you into the fast, heavy, guitar-driven Message From God. Invasion shows some Maiden-ish guitar passages, but it's always just a facet of their sound. The closer Warrior Poets has a lot Thin Lizzy in it, a lot of Irish folk melted into metal - like Thin Lizzy did it -, but is way heavier. Lots of fun anyway!
To me the album gets stronger on the second half... Don't get me wrong, the first tunes aren't bad at all, but if they would be as strong as the 2nd half, then they were close to the highest rating! On the way to a masterpiece!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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