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Bringer of Light

Bringer of Light

February 22, 2013
4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2013
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One of the most eagerly anticipated power metal debuts in recent memory, Bringer of Light is the first full-length release from UK-based symphonic power metal band Damnation Angels. The band made a decent impact with their 2009 EP Shadow Symphony, but with their recent hiring of Norwegian vocalist Per Fredrik "Pellek" Asly and addition to the 2013 ProgPower USA lineup, they've raised their profile significantly.

Given that Damnation Angels plays progressive-oriented power metal with a strong symphonic side, and they now have a charismatic Norwegian frontman, comparisons to Kamelot are inevitable. So let's get that out of the way up front. Bringer of Light sounds like a classic Kamelot album. Think Karma or Epica, but with a (much) better singer. Honestly, Kamelot fans that are less than thrilled with the band's recent output are probably going to lose their minds over Bringer of Light. Beyond the Kamelot comparison, Damnation Angels also brings to mind bands like Avantasia, Epica and Circus Maximus. Again, this is not a bad thing at all.

Bringer of Light has several things going for it, but there are three aspects that stand out in particular. The first is that under everything else, this is just a very well written, expertly executed melodic power metal album. The guitar work is very strong, the keyboards and piano are used brilliantly and never overused, and the melodies...well, calling them infectious is an understatement. They will be lodged in your head long after the album ends. You hear the basic power metal strengths most in the inter-connected "Someone Else," "Bringer of Light" and "Shadow Symphony." Factor in the symphonic elements and the album is that much stronger. Guitarist/chief songwriter William Graney handles this well.
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I tried to set a low bar for this album because I wasn't really expecting much after listening to their EP tracks with their old singer. I wasn't sure what to expect since they changed their line-up and I wasn't sure how well PelleK's vocals would meld with the band's sound. I heard "Pride (The Warrior's Way)" on Youtube, posted by PelleK I believe, and I had to pre-order it. I ended up getting the EP and a shirt along with this album in their package. I also try to give an album a couple listens before I decide how much I like it, and I have to say, I REALLY like it! It's an impressive freshman album to come out of UK and honestly, this is the first UK band that I like! If I had to compare them to anyone, it'd be Kamelot.

So this is kind of how I see the tracks:

1. Ad Finem - A typical approach to a metal album, but this track doesn't bombard you with epic symphonic madness like Rhapsody of Fire does sometimes. It sounds a lot better than Kamelot's intros too, which were never that super impressive to begin with.
2. The Longest Day of My Life - The longest track of my life!! J/k, j/k. Thankfully, it didn't bore me halfway through and the variations keep me engaged as in they're not too slow or fast of transitions. You really get a taste of what's to come from PelleK's vocals and it's pretty likeable! He's not singing ridiculously high and he doesn't go ridiculously low either.
3. Reborn - Probably the one track I identify myself in and I'm sure many will as well. This and the next track are my personal favorites.
4. I Hope - This song goes in theme with doubting yourself. PelleK taps into his higher range more frequently here.
5. Acerbus Inceptum - Another quiet intro and it leads to "Someone Else".
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SOLID release. Tight songwriting and musicianship. PelleK's passion and soul infect his powerful vocals and infuse the tracks with something more than carbon copy flavor. Gonna keep this review short, but if you like Roy Kahn era Kamelot (or anything else within that flavor) then I'd say you'll totally groove on this album, start to finish. No fillers, nice cover of No Leaf Clover - Pride and Longest Day of My Life are stand out tracks. Looking forward to seeing these guys at ProgPower USA later this year \m/
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I am really enjoying this music. I can't get "The Longest Day of My Life" out of my head. The music flows so well, you just want more.
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I wish I had good things to say about this, but I don't. I bought it and listened to it once and completely forgot I owned it until Amazon asked for a review.

I had a very hard time with it! The band sounded good. PelleK sounded good. But the 2 didn't mesh well together in a few of the songs and He was off time with the song in a few spots and it was really jarring(IMO). Most if the songs were mediocre and nothing new.

I love his YouTube videos! But I didn't find enjoyment here
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