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Meduza - 2003 Upon The World

Stefan Berg - guitars
Apollo Papathanasio - vocals
Jonas Edstrom - bass
Ola Gronlund - drums
Joakim Floke - keyboards

A new album from Meduza, which means I get to hear the fabulous voice of Apollo Papathanasio. Every time I've heard this guy he impresses, and he does the same on 'Upon The World', the follow-up to Meduza's impressive debut 'Now And Forever'. Meduza's sound has evolved somewhat since then, getting a little darker and heavier. Some aspects work, some don't.

The Songs
Without a doubt there are some fabulous songs on offer. Opener 'Design For Life' showcases Meduza's ability to write full-on, melody laden neoclassical metal. Great vocals and a big chorus. 'The Vision' has a strong Victory slant with a memorable chorus. It is another all out assault on 'Divina Comedia', with the chorus once again really grabbing the listeners attention. The same can be said for the title track. However, the good work is undone by some pretty average moments which come when Meduza slow the tempo and go for a Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath sound. The tracks 'Dream On', 'Face Of A Demon' and 'Can You Tell' are quite forgettable. Not even Apollo's vocals can save them. A real shame considering the quality of the other tracks.

In Summary
Meduza promised so much and unfortunately have not been able to deliver. Though there are a handful of tracks that are world class, half the album is filler material which makes it difficult to heartily recommend 'Upon The World'. Stick to what you do well guys - flat out neoclassical metal.

Produced By: Mike Wead

Track Listing:
01 Design for Life
02 The Vision
03 Dream On
04 Divina Comedia
05 Face Of A Demon
06 Upon The World
07 You Can Tell
08 Voices
09 In Death

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