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At Vance - 2009 Ride The Sky

ARTIST: At Vance
ALBUM: Ride The Sky
LABEL: AFM Records
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Rick Altzi - vocals * Olaf Lenk - guitars * Wolfman - bass * Alex Landenburg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ride The Sky * 02 Burning Like Fire * 03 Last In Line * 04 Wishing Well * 05 Salvation Day * 06 Vivaldi Summer 2nd Set * 07 Power * 08 You And I * 09 End Of Days * 10 Falling * 11 Farewell



German rockers At Vance have been regular attendees here at G-DAZE. We haven't seen them in a wee while, and in 2009 we are graced with a new album 'Ride The Sky'. Of course many of you will remember their former singer Oliver Hartmann who has now gone on to a solo career. Though the band is the brainchild of Olaf Lenk, it is who is fronting the band that seems to spark a lot of interest. Joining the band a few years ago now was Swedish singer Rick Altzi, who first appeared on At Vance's 2007 album 'VII'. Altzi is a busy chap these days, not only is he fronting At Vance, he is also the voice for Finnish metallers Thunderstone - but in reality, their styles are markedly different, but Rick does justice to do both. Lenk has kept things familiar, but uses Altzi's vocal colour to good effect, with Jorn Lande a solid reference point, combining power and a gritty/raspy throat.

The Songs
The album is not all about Germanic/Euro power metal. There are some change up moments too. A cover of Free's 'Wishing Well' is given a sonic update - Olaf Lenk style. Plus there's the classical familiarity of 'Vivaldi Summer 2nd Set', albeit in an off the wall but subdued metal style. 'You And I' is the sole ballad on the album, an acoustic affair which highlights Altzi's vocal in a different context (i.e. non-metal). Elsewhere, the blunderbuss attack is apparent on tracks such as the brilliant 'Last In Line' which gallops along at breakneck speed, the fittingly named 'Power', the Malmsteen like 'End Of Days', the dramatic descent heralded in the track 'Falling' (very emotive this one), or the lead ball density of the closer 'Farewell'.

In Summary
At Vance fans will lap this up, and it continues their consistent approach to releasing metal without straying too far from the cookbook of Olaf Lenk. He has some great ideas and the music does not lack for anything. At Vance surprise with a very solid album, you won't be short changed by this one!

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