KINGSBANE - KINGSBANE
Metal To Infinity
shit, what an amazing news it was when Stormspell Records announced the release
of this one. Not that I have ever been really familiar with this Canadian
formation but I once heard a song of them and I admit being impressed.
Unfortunately I couldnít lay my hands on their demo. As a big fan of old
Progressive Metal bands like Lethal, old Fates Warning, Queensryche, Crimson
Glory, Heir Apparent or the early Dream Theater albums I couldnít deny this
one. So, Iíve purchased it at once. This CD contains these Canadianís first
demo out of 1991 and another one under their second band name; Seven Years.
Later on these guys changed their name again into In The Name to vanish soon
so damn pitiful this band wasnít able to break through but the release date of
the first demo makes a lot understandable.
The labels were in that era not at all interested anymore in true Metal
and to be honest Canada has never been the favorite country of the Metal
business. Nevertheless these years were also the beginning of Dream Theaterís
big success but I suppose they were an exception. Anyhow Kingsbane wasnít that
fortuned to find a label that could bring them stardom. Meanwhile Iíve read
Kingsbane reunited and is prepared to write a new CD, it would be fantastic!
band holds everything that makes those old Progressive Metal bands so
irresistible. I really adore the way how this kind of original and melodic
arrangements are technical played. It seems every note is so easy for these lads,
that every touch of the instrument sounds so naturally. The breaks and tempo
changes are flowing so without any effort
into each other and the variation in every track sounds so logic. When I
was talking about the difficulty of Canadian bands to maintain fame I forgot to
talk about Rush and let them be one of the biggest sources of inspiration for
Kingsbane, no doubts about it!
Madeleine is without any doubts the most ear catching member of this band. His
voice is at some points very similar to Charlie Dominici (first Dream Theater CD
and solo-albums) but also Tom Malicoat (Lethal) crosses my mind. This is a huge
compliment to the guy and must be a reason for fans to give this CD a special
place in their CD-racks. It are this kind of singers, using their voice on this
kind of technical played Progressive Metal, that makes this genre so Godlike.
There still are some gems to discover in this typical style but itís so damn
hard to find bands that reach almost the point of perfection, Kingsbane is
because of this singer getting near. Only superlatives can be used for what
Madeleine is able to and either the strength of his voice either his vocal sound
songs of both bands on this one, Kingsbane and Seven Years, are just awesome.
The band kept on playing the same style and the production on this silver disc
is more than good enough. Itís not that easy to learn the songs by heart at
once but Iím quite sure fans of the genre will keep on listening to it. The
drums, the guitars and the bass lines have their own creative secrets and the
flowing guitar harmonies - with just the right amount of power and simple but
are resulting into a trip down memory lane.
Records keeps on surprising us and the fact that they stayed focused to old gems
makes me hopeful for the future. I canít have enough from this kind of
re-releases, giving everybody the honest chance to determine albums that
wouldnít have been discovered without this label. So yes, hail this label and
their strategy! The only thing left to say is that every fan of perfectly played
Metal is obliged to purchase this one and to even prefer it above tons of new
releases that are heading our way nowadays. Check
My Points: 93 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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