5 out of 5 Stars!
This has to be one of the best heavy-metal/prog-metal debut releases of all time! Not since the release of Rainbow Rising (Rainbow) or Dio’s debut album or Dream Theater’s Images and Words or Symphony X’s V masterpieces have I fallen in love so quickly with an album of similar genres. These guys captured lightning in a bottle the first time out and I’m nothing if not completely impressed and in awe. Although the second album Aeronautics is almost equally excellent (just not as immediate) there is still something almost magical about what comes together on this debut…more cohesive, perhaps. Hard to put a finger on what makes this one a bit “more” special than the follow up.
Regardless, either album kicks royal butt, so if you’re a fan of this type of music, you’ll more than likely be hooked immediately. Besides, this as well as the second release features Jorn Lande, one of the finest heavy rock vocalists in the history of music, so how bad could things be with him fronting the show?