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Freedom Call - 2002 Eternity

Chris Bay - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Cede Dupont - guitars
Ilker Ersin - bass
Dan Zimmermann - drums

The spirit of Manowar lives on in this German power metal outfit Freedom Call. All thoughts of kaftan robes and sandal-wearers is completely obliterated with this rampaging slab of metal. It comes galloping across the landscape like the warriors of olde, brandishing weapons of destruction, and a message of hope (ie: instruments and lyrics). The whole 'into glory ride' ethos is given a 2002 update, and to be honest it sounds far better than Manowar could ever have done, and more convincing too! The band take on the same musical approach as UK based outfit Dragonforce, the style though power metal, has many speed metal passages as well - with an emphasis on staying melodic. Big vocal choruses, keyboard runs, orchestral stabs and parps, and twin guitars, earmark this as a style that only good European bands can play with their eyes closed and hands tied behind their backs at the moment. This is Freedom Call's fourth album, so the experience and polish is evident all the way through.

The Songs
A powerful operatic choir precedes the opener 'Metal Invasion', then the track lays waste with kick drums going for broke and 6-string carnage everywhere. As with the songtitle, 'Flying High' does just that, soaring stuff like a much more melodic Dragonforce. One of the standout tracks is 'Ages Of Power', not unlike Avantasia with it's musical and vocal delivery, operatic in places and those keyboard stabs at the tail of the chorus adds to the sense of drama. The poignant 'Bleeding Heart' displays Freedom Call's sense of balladry, quiet and restrained for the most part, uplifting surges when called for on the stirring chorus and solo sections. Traditional Euro-metal is the order of the day with 'Warriors', the battle hardened ethos still to the fore. 'Flame In The Night' takes a darker musical hue, intense and moody while 'Land Of Light' in contrast is a powerful anthemic piece of work, the keyboard parps offset by crisp rhythm guitar work of Bay and Dupont. Galloping in at track 10 is 'Island Of Dreams', the power/speed style all too familiar by this stage, though it is kept in check on the closer 'Turn Back Time', a power ballad, with a happy-go-lucky singalong chorus 'if I could turn back the time, ease my desire..'

In Summary
A pretty good effort all round, and it's no wonder these guys are right at the top of the tree of rememberance when all things to do with German power metal are discussed. Look forward to their new one.

Track Time: 48.01

Track Listing:
01 Metal Invasion
02 Flying High
03 Ages Of Power
04 The Spell
05 Bleeding Heart
06 Warriors
07 The Eyes of the World
08 Flame In The Night
09 Land Of Light
10 Island Of Dreams
11 Turn Back Time

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