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On disc: Steel Attack



- Fall Into Madness - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
- Fall Into Madness - Volker Raabe - 6 stars
- Carpe DiEnd - Claudia Ehrhardt - 6 stars


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Carpe DiEnd

Carpe DiEnd
(Massacre Records - 2008)


The Swedish band was founded back in 1997 and had to face several line-up changes through the years. With Carpe DiEnd they present their 6th album and try another time to leave a mark at the Scandinavian power metal scene.
The intro Carpe DiEnd kicks off, but in my opinion they should have skipped it and started right away with The Evil In Me. Heavy riffs leads into this complex, slightly progressive tune. With the aggressive vocals of Ronny Hemlin it reminds me of some other tune... A pleasant one, but not a real ear catcher. A heavy rocker is I Keep Falling which is a bit more epic... a bit symphonic. But somehow it all reminds me of something else... A bit more uniqueness would be nice... Aggressive vocals combined with bombastic sounds you get at Holy Is Evil as well as mighty choirs and breaks. The slower Entrance To Heaven Denied sticks out a bit, even if they speed up a bit. The song has a sad undertone and it's the slower parts which are catching your interest.
A decent album which adds to the melodic power metal some progressive elements, but even if no band name springs to mind, there are similarities to other bands. Singer Ronny Hemlin partly reminds me of Andy B. Franck, but anyway Steel Attack needs a stable line-up and a more unique sound, if they want to challenge the members of Scandinavians premier league of melodic power metal!


6 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Fall Into Madness

Fall Into Madness
(AFM Records - 2001)


I can't tell much about them... The Swedish power metal quartet played at Wacken 2000 and now their new album Fall Into Madness is out.
The band of singer Steve Steel offer 9 power metal tracks in the tradition of Scandinavian acts of this genre. A good idea what to expect gives the album opener and title track Fall Into Madness. But not all songs are as fast as the opener!
Different influences are obvious, but they are on their way to find tehir own sound. Holy Swordsman is more a mid-tempo song, but has fast parts as well. In my opinion they have a little too much the kind of cliché lyrics, but easy to sing-along...
So check out yourself!


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Fall Into Madness

Fall Into Madness
(AFM Records - 2001)


I don't know the debut album of this Swedish melodic power metal band, so I have no ex­pectations. But that also means that I can't say, if this album is better or weaker then the debut. But I can say that the Scandinavians have a lot of the typical Hammerfall elements in their music. Partly they are a little heavier - Fall Into Madness and Wings Of Faith - beside that they are sounding too much like their fellow countrymen. The productions is good and the album of Steel Attack will be loved by fans of Hammerfall and Iron Fire. Singer Steve Steel - nice pseudonym - can convince with his vocals especially on Holy Swordsman and Judgement Day. An album which will satisfy every true metal fan, even if they lack their own sound a little...


6 stars

Volker Raabe
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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