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House Of Mirrors - 2004 Nightflight To Paradise

Pekka Rautiainen - vocals
Jaakko Niitemaa - guitars
Jonne Valtonen - keyboards
Juha Paananen - bass
Jimbo Makelainen - drums

A Finnish band with a ten-year history behind them. Not exactly starting out as the melodic rock combo that they are now, House Of Mirrors have ventured down more mazes than confused children during the school holidays, with many musicians passing through their ranks. However, the mainstays have always been vocalist Pekka Rautiainen and guitarist Jaakko Niitemaa. Come 2004, we are thankful they've kept the whole show together, because with their proper debut album 'Nightflight To Paradise' out in the marketplace, they deliver a highly-enticing brand of melodic rock, which has it's roots set firmly in the style of Swedish rockers Treat.

The Songs
The sound is not as lavish as I was hoping (you know, the beautiful album cover gives you an indication of grander things to come, but not to be in this case..), though it is still very good. It comes across as more guitar-oriented than keyboard, despite the atmospheric 'Intro'. The album is filled out with superb vocal harmonies, complimenting the intricate arrangements. Leading off with 'Spirit Of Freedom', this one is an anthem for the ages, surely something to hope for considering the nonsense going on in the world right now. Any band who names a song 'Glory Days' gets my vote hands down! (why couldn't they have named it 'Glory Daze'? lol). The vocals of Rautiainen carrying the familiar strains of Robert Ernlund with aplomb. Things get real interesting on the uptempo 'Top Of The World', an excellent Scandi-melo-rock tune complete with tinkly ivories and crunchy guitars. It's followed by the equally commanding 'Alive', and the kick-arse rock of 'Searching For My Soul'. Those powerful guitar rhythms last heard on that fantastic debut Pole Position album make a return visit here. A heap of keyboards to be heard on the title track, a lovely piece of music it is too, with tremendous choruses fattening an already rich sound. The band close off with the commercial rock of 'Move On', Treat like in its style, lovely choruses again, and those tippy-tappy keyboards in the background.

In Summary
A couple of tracks border on the ordinary, but the quality of the arrangements and vocal harmonies lift it a notch, saving them in effect. A band that can do this obviously has something going for them, but really, consistency should be right across the album, not just selective tracks. With time, and critiquing, House Of Mirrors won't see the need to look back. A great introduction, and for fans of the aforementioned Treat and Pole Position, check them out!


Track Listing:
01 Intro
02 Spirit Of Freedom
03 Glory Days
04 Heart Is The Sky
05 Deep Inside
06 Top Of The World
07 Deliverance
08 Alive
09 Long Lost Love
10 Searching For My Soul
11 Night Flight To Paradise
12 Move On

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 04:02:56
Above average release with a great production, although i wouldn't go so far as to say they are up with the classic Scandie bands of yesteryear. Good none the less.
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