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Victorious - The Awakening

Victorious
The Awakening
by Michael "MettleAngel" Francisco at 04 March 2013, 4:20 PM

What a strange awakening to discover this amazing German act! No, this call for resistance is not the kids show on Nickelodian TV, as that is spelt differently. In fact VICTORUIS is an underground outfit who play high octane, fuel driven classic Power Metal. These titans of fury break the spell of oblivion by playing with an alacrity and fervor, unprecedented, on this their sophomore self-release.

Right out of the storm gate these road warriors of steel show their influences with "Age Of Tyranny". Fans of Power Metal Mavericks: BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, HAMMERFALL, STRATOVARIUS, this is for you! Newer fans of SEVEN KINGDOMS, JUDICATOR, ARMORY, STEEL AGGRESSOR, etc., will also appreciate what these majestic reborn kings offer when they own the crown, and ring true in your ears.

Far from being a DRAGONFORCE cliché', "Starfire" is burning with ignited passion and powerful vocals. This has more of a classic PRETTY MAIDS meets AXXIS or STORMWITCH appeal. The range of the soaring eagle front runner David Baßin - while similar to what ZP Theart articulates with I Am I - is very evocative, crisp, and well-balanced. On a powerful anthem like "The Awakening" his tantamount talent is clearly self-evident.

The guitar tandem shred insanity between Dirk Scharsich and Steven Dreißig is simply stellar. Even when the songs slow down and begin to pace themselves like with "Lake Of Hope", the solos are ever present and always engaging. The necessary keyboard elements are prevalent, but not too OTT, as suggested on "Under Burning Skies".

The blistering "Black Sun" is scorching, with a punishing pace, but "Demon Legions" slows it down a bit, allowing for more thick heaviness and a darkened aura. Then "Through The Dead Lands" just picks right up and never ends with its unrelenting pace. The championed "Kings Reborn" is totally triumphant!

The closing anthem of steel is a song written on my mettle heart both lyrically and musically. I am so pleased that I had a chance to discover these destined soldiers of sanctuary who are flying high and touching the sky on the wings of tomorrow. It was an absolute honor to review this VICTORIUS!

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Age of Tyranny
2. Starfire
3. The Awakening
4. Lake of Hope
5. Under Burning Skies
6. Black Sun
7. Demon Legions
8.Through the Dead Lands
9. Call for Resistance
10. Kings Reborn
11. Metalheart
Lineup:
David Baßin – Vocals
Dirk Scharsich – Guitars
Steven Dreißig – Guitars
Andreas Dockhorn – Bass
Tyl Fiedler – Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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