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One of the best albums this year.

What a delightful surprise this was, appearing out of nowhere (well… Sweden, obviously) and delivering the goods when I didn’t even know I’d ordered them. This is the first full length offering from the five piece, with keyboard player Pontus Lekaregard contributing the lion’s share of the writing but also – thankfully - not allowing his instrument to overshadow the rest.

To be honest, the quality here is what I would expect from the likes of Frontiers Records, and I hope that High Gear can spread the word of Eternal (I’ll skip the ‘Of Sweden’ from here on), because this is a band that deserves an audience. There’s been talk of vocalist Christer Gards having a touch of the Graham Bonnets about him, and whilst that’s occasionally true (mainly on opener ‘You Can’t Break Us’) he certainly has his own sound, as do the band.

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Eternal have a similar energy to the likes of Eclipse or W.E.T, with the album full of upbeat rockers with an incredibly solid guitar base layered with melodies and some very artfully placed keyboards. This is one of those lovely things, a melodic rock album with real power to it - witness the driving force of ‘Virus’ for example, a track that would have sounded perfect on an album like Alcatraz’s ‘Disturbing The Peace’. Lyrically, I did chuckle a bit at ‘Start Of A New Era’, which is basically a song about the band itself and their ‘great new sound’. Catchy track, but a bit cheesy for it.

Regardless of the odd bit of cheese, Eternal have released one of the best albums this year with ‘Chapter 1’. It’s got such a clear passion, and is full of powerful melodic rock, that I can’t seem to stop playing it. Certainly one to buy if you liked the new Eclipse album, or if you used to love Alcatraz back in the day. Imagine a cool hybrid of the two and you have Eternal, who are, apparently, from Sweden!

Alan Holloway

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