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Some first class Power Metal tracks that bode well for the band's future

To Sweden now and a new Power Metal band with a penchant for all things fantasy, including sticking a whopping great dragon on the cover and song titles that sound like chapters in a Tolkien novel. Let's just say that Twilight Force have a bit of a flair for the dramatic and that's like saying Piers Morgan has a flair for dividing opinion.

Please trust me when I say that the promotional blurb described 'Tales Of Ancient Prophecies' as the first ever 'Adventure Metal' album. What it means is that founders Daniele and Felipe (surnames are, apparently, for losers) may have played a mite too much Dungeons And Dragons as kids. All joking aside though, this truly is a Symphonic Power Metal album that deserves, for the most part, the label of 'Heroic'. Jebus... they've got me at it now...

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Ostensibly, the album has eleven tracks, but in real life it has seven and four, well, other things, more of which later. These guys obviously like ye olde guitar music like Helloween and DragonForce because there's a whole lotta widdling going on here. I have to say, I do like this sort of thing, especially coupled with high pitched singing that occasionally makes the family dog pee itself. That would be Christian Hedgren that would – a wonderful find with a powerhouse Power Metal voice that I'm sure we will hear a lot more of. The guitars come from the aforementioned Felipe and they are equally as delicious.

What we have apart from seven fully formed Metal tracks (aside from the okay-but-I-wanted-another-fast-track power ballad 'Made Of Steel') are a one minute scene setting instrumental, a fucking horrible one minute medieval lute song and two one minute and quite hilariously badly spoken word bits. Every one of these should have been burned in a very hot fire and a real track inserted into the gap. Aside from that you have some first class Power Metal tracks that bode well for the band's future if they can reign in the dramatics in the future (or at least throw away the lute and learn to act).

Alan Holloway

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