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Fans of Melodic Power Metal will lap it up.

It's unlikely that Sweden's Eternal are likely to be confused with the UK all-girl Pop band of the same name, but at least sticking 'Of Sweden' means there's no confusion as to their place of origin. Three years after their debut album 'Chapter 1', they've come up with ten more Melodic Power Metal tracks that take the grandiose route to your brain, the one layered with keyboards and sweeping lyrical statements. Yeah, that sort of thing.

EOS don't really put a foot wrong on 'Heaven's Gate', and there's a lot of power here for those who like their Rock to have suitably crunchy guitars. Vocalist Pontus Lekaregård has a slightly raspy, high register, and the whole thing reminds me of Magnus Karlsson's work, as well as many other Euro Metal releases.

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The truth is that it's pretty generic, but it's a comfortable sort of generic, and the sheer energy and belief that comes through in the songs make Eternal Of Sweden stand a bit higher than many of their contemporaries. Listening to it you get the feeling that whatever they are singing about is really important, such is the absolute conviction conveyed by the vocals and earnest backing. In actual fact, the lyrics are like deep sixth form poetry by a girl who wears too much black lipstick and has seven cats, but they have their charm.

'Heaven's Gate' should by rights pick up some glowing reviews simply because it manages to hit all of its targets squarely in the bullseye. Fans of Melodic Power Metal will lap it up, and there's plenty of great tunes on display. If there is a downside, I kept wanting something to really jump out and grab me by the balls but even so, the lack of a killer track or two doesn't mean the album isn't a worthy addition to your collection.

Alan Holloway

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