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Keldian - 2017 Darkness And Light

ARTIST: Keldian
ALBUM: Darkness And Light
LABEL: Perris Records
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Christer Andresen - vocals, guitar, bass * Arild Aardalen - keyboards, vocals * J�rn Holen - drums * Marit Lovise Rode - vocals * Vemund Oslund - guitar * Helen Hande Midje - backing vocals * Hjalmar Siverstsen Fronningen - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING:? 01 Nightfall * 02 Blood Red Dawn * 03 The Haunting * 04 Life And Death Under Strange New Suns * 05 I'm The Last Of Us * 06 Change The World * 07 Broadside! * 08 Crown Of Starlight



This Norwegian band are confirmed favourites of mine. Their past efforts have seen them take up the challenge of super-imposing their love of Sci-Fi and symphonic power metal into a captivating canvas of sound, word and imagery, to great effect. Keldian are notorious for their sporadic album releases, and this was compounded by the difficulty in tracking down physical CD's of their actual work. No fear, as the band have found some productive friends over at American record label Perris (namely President Tom Mathers); who have since reissued their back-catalogue. I'm a huge fan of Andresen and Aardalen's work, and our review of their 2013 album 'Outbound' was a huge endorsement of their music. And so Perris continue their association with Keldian, by issuing 'Darkness And Light' to the masses.

The Songs
There's just the eight tracks this time around, and though the music is familiar to ardent Keldian supporters, the sci-fi angle is still there but probably not as apparent nor as strong as before. I'm still loving it though, just check the immense 'Blood Red Dawn' which ticks over at a good tempo, but the chorus is where it all comes together. On some tracks, Keldian lighten the approach, like 'The Haunting' which drops easily into synth metal pop territory. Just when you thought things were on the downward spiral, Keldian deliver 'Life And Death Under Strange New Suns', which sounds like Iron Maiden meeting Dragonforce in the booth of a game production studio. And that would be appropriate, as the lyrics are apparently themed from the Mass Effect video game. The opener 'Nightfall' has many Keldian attributes which forms its general template, including spicy synth work and big guitars. 'I'm The Last Of Us' is a slow builder, with organ like keyboards and Floydian guitars, making this a gradual work in progress of the epic kind. 'Change The World' ticks the tempo over into busy mode, and then introduces synth arpeggios to make things interesting. It's very Euro-Poppy, but rather than this being a detriment, it kinda works. I mean Amaranthe do it, and it works for them. 'Broadside!' is the sound that fans will best remember Keldian by, a bombastic metallic outburst with hard driving drum work and aggressive guitar work. The closer 'Crown Of Starlight' features very 80's sounding riffs with the occasional synth dabble. Again, it's a delivered sound that fans will warm to.

In Summary
It's good to see this band back in action, even if there has been a four year break. I'd still rate 'Outbound' as my favourite Keldian album so far, and this one doesn't hit the high-water mark as its predecessor did. Still, 'Darkness And Light 'should find favour for those of you into sci-fi themed metal, the track 'Blood Red Dawn' is worth the price of admission alone.

Keldian - 2017 Blood Red Dawn

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#1 | swazi on November 25 2017 15:16:57
I'm a fan as well. Heard this one once so far and quite liked it.
#2 | Jez on January 26 2018 18:32:25
Superb album and for me their best so far. Only received this a week or so ago, so it was too late to get into my end of year list over at HH,, it would have got a top 5 placing for sure. Absolutely Epic
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