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As a serious band in a serious world, Serious Black are seriously good.

A year and a half ago I was rather impressed by the debut album from Serious Black (if not the band name) and 'As Daylight Breaks' became an instant favourite in my Power Metal collection. They've done the touring thing over Europe with appropriate bands such as Kamelot and Gamma Ray and that experience has obviously paid off as they've returned to the studio to pen another cracking album.

The line-up remains stable, with Urban breed (Tad Morose, Bloodbound) providing powerful vocals whilst Bob Katsionis (Firewind) props things up with his usual excellent solo work. It's a short album, struggling to reach the thirty-five minute mark with eight songs and an intro piece, but there's not an ounce of flab to be seen and there's no chance of it outstaying its welcome.

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The nine tracks themselves are pretty much what you would expect – fast paced, aggressive and full of melody, with breed snarling tunefully over the top. There's powerful drumming from Alex Holzwarth, who knows his shit from having to keep up with Rhapsody Of Fire (another favourite) and every time Katsionis is allowed to play with his fret-board, there's an anticipatory air of something good on the way.

Although it's a short ride, 'Mirrorworld' is worth the queuing time, with the opening bars of 'As Long As I'm Alive' sounding like TNT's 'Tell No Tales' and making sure you pay attention until 'The Unborn Never Die' (heavy title, man) fades to black. Then, if you're like me, you will start it all over again because it's fun. As a serious band in a serious world, Serious Black are seriously good, and believe me I'm serious about that.

Alan Holloway

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