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3 stars 3.5 (strict) stars really!

After The Art Effect, this is the second album I acquire from this highly promising German progressive metal band. Not a lot seems to have changed in their musical style or direction in 2 years, which remains loyal to the dynamic, riff-based power prog metal of the previous release.

Among the positive elements that the band has kept are the memorable vocals of Tobias Althammer and the great melodic, catchy refrains. The rhythms again are varied with great effectiveness from mid-tempo to powerful speedy ones. Keyboards play a more dominant role this time and the tracks have an extra touch of progressiveness, closer to the style of Vanden Plas - Unrestrained is a great example. In addition to the usual Heaven's Gate-alike power riffs (i.e. Transmigration, Shades of Black), there are moments in the album that resemble to other famous power or prog metal bands, something that was not directly noticeable in the previous release.

Thus, the opening track with the memorable refrain reminds me of the best moments of Geoff Tate's singing, whereas the solo parts of The Voice Within bring Shadow Gallery in mind, showing the multi-dimensional influences of the band - covering both sides of the Atlantic. Although the teutonic power metal background is evident, LANFEAR seem to experiment with other forms, such as symphonic short intervals (Eclipse) and ballads based solely on keyboards (Eternally) where the Queensryche effect is evident once more.

Coincidentally (?), the first half of the album is again much stronger compositionally and with more interesting arrangements. There are no really poor compositions but a few, such as In Silence and What... For, do not match the quality that the band is able to achieve. Seibel (keyboards) signs 3 out of the 11 tracks and the rest belong to Ullrich (guitars) who is again the main source of inspiration. Another Golden Rage is a step forward from The Art Effect in terms of variation and experimentation, but with slightly less engaging compositions. However, it should appeal to listeners that prefer the prog from the power element in such bands. If you like Labyrinth, Manticora, and even Vanden Plas, then this is a band you ought to explore.

aapatsos | 3/5 |


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