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On disc: Neonfly

Outshine The Sun - Mike Thompson - 9 stars

Outshine The Sun

Outshine The Sun
(Rising Records - 2011)

Neonfly is undoubtedly one of the most exciting bands young bands in the UK metal scene today, wowing audiences across the country and beyond with high class melodic power metal and furiously energetic stage shows supporting the likes of Power Quest and Freedom Call. The band has already released one EP, the stupendous Clever Disguise and now follow up with debut full-length Outshine The Sun.

Since the release of the EP Neonfly have undergone a change at vocals, replacing Tamas Csemez with the absolute beast Willy Norton. He has proved to be one of the best assets to Neonfly on stage with his high octane vocal delivery and stage antics that put even the best known metal show-men to shame. This is the first time fans have had to hear Norton's voice on record and it gives me great pleasure to tell you that he absolutely nails it. The passion and energy that Norton delivers on stage is shown in full force on this album with a performance as diverse as it is powerful.

The album itself contains eleven songs, four of which were originally on Clever Disguise, ranging from balls-out power metal to ballads to mid-paced anthems. Influences can be drawn from a variety of Helloween inspired Euro-power metal bands including the tongue in cheek style of Edguy in I Think I Saw A UFO and the uplifting Gamma Ray-esque opener Broken Wings. Whilst some of the songs are a little mundane (The Enemy I'm lookin' at you!) the majority are thoroughly enjoyable, refreshing songs that will hook you from the offset, especially the band's undoubted classic Ship With No Sails which is an absolute piledriver of a song with one of the catchiest stick-in-the-memory choruses you'll ever hear!

Sure, this may be nothing that will convince power metal detractors to give the genre another go but it is an album that every self-respecting power metal fan should have in their collections! With sensational offerings from both Power Quest and Neonfly it seems that 2011 may finally be the year when UK power metal can raise its head and stand proud with its heavyweight German and Scandinavian brethren!

9 stars

Mike Thompson


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