Power Metal has been defined by some of the most beautiful and iconic songs of our music, and the good thing is it comes in all sorts of forms. Whether we’re talking about US bands like CRIMSON GLORY, their European counterparts like BLIND GUARDIAN and HELLOWEEN, or everything in between, Power Metal has always been a common ground our kin. Bands like the ones I mentioned earlier, along with STRATOVARIOUS, RHAPSODY, HAMMERFALL, PRIMAL FEAR, etc. planted the seed during the 80’s and the 90’s, and have spawned many bands that follow their steps still to this day. As you may have guessed, VEONITY is one of these bands, and today we’re going to take a look at their latest release, “Legend of the Starborn”.
VEONITY hail from Sweden and dig the old-school european power metal scene. The so called europower metal elements are evident throughout the album, so expect everything from speedy double kick-drum action and high-pitched vocals, to harmonized guitar melodies and neoclassical solos. Despite their love for that part of the metal scene, the band does not stay there. Throughout the album you’ll be able to spot references to bands like JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH, while some symphonic parts can’t help but bring to mind bands like NIGHTWISH. At least to some extent.
Now, despite we’re talking about a power metal album, there’s quite a diversity in almost every aspect. You definitely get your ultra fast power metal sound, but along with that you get some great chorus hooks, beautiful acoustic guitar passages, catchy guitar licks, anthemic intros and melodic AOR vibes.
Some songs that did the trick for me were the mid-tempo pompous “Starborn”, the right-out-of-the-90’s “Winds of Asgard” and “Warriors of the North”, the ballad-like “Lament” and the closing, anthemic “United We Stand”.
“Legend of the Starborn” is a concept album that tells the story of a viking hero that tries to save humanity from an alien race that has taken over the Earth and keeps the last human survivors as slaves. I know it sounds kinda cliche (which is), but it really helps with the progression and flow of the album, and also adds one more layer of depth. It seems that power metal and concept albums were a thing last years.
One thing I’d take out of the equation is the duration of the album. I believe that thirteen songs running for about 75mins might be a bit too much for an album. But again, if it works for the band I’m totally OK with it. All in all, VEONITY did a great work with this album. There are great production values, high level of musicianship and most importantly, true love for heavy metal. If you’re really into power metal you don’t want to pass on this.