Rating:
9.0
Freedom Call - Legend Of The Shadowking
29 January 2010


01. Out Of The Ruins
02. Thunder God
03. Tears Of Babylon
04. Merlin - Legend Of The Past
05. Resurrection Day
06. Under The Spell Of The Moon
07. Dark Obsession
08. The Darkness
09. Remember!
10. Ludwig II - Prologue
11. The Shadowking
12. Merlin - Requiem
13. Kingdom Of Madness
14. A Perfect Day


Freedom Call is that guy that has just had sex for the first time. Their whole outlook on life has changed, they bask in their freedom to do as they like and are able to take a step back and chill. Legend Of The Shadowking is like no Freedom Call album before it.

The band have thrown caution to the wind and given us something genuinely interesting that has clearly had a lot of thought put into it. Legend Of The Shadowking is Freedom Call feeling the freedom, and is the most diverse, colourful, and cheesy work the band has ever put out.

This is still very much a power metal album, but doesn't utilise the generic power metal album formula of fast song, heavy song, ballad, repeat. From the first second of the album, the bravery and bombastic energy becomes apparent as you are sucked into this fantasy world.

This is also still very much a Freedom Call album. Chris Bay sounds better than ever treating us to a more varied vocal performance than before, the cheesy keyboards and backing vocals are always ever-present and Dan Zimmermann as always behind the drum kit delivers the fast pace in thunderous form.

The thing that is different about this album is the variation in songs and composition that takes this band from being a good, but run-of-the-mill power metal band to the level where Legend Of The Shadowking is genuinely a top class piece of work. The album has its catchy moments, its heavy moments, even some dark moments, but with a whole new level of variety that the band has never shown until now.

Almost some form of metal opera, Freedom Call have finally risen above mediocrity and have shown a whole new dimension to the band. This is both maturity and unadulterated cheesiness rolled into one brilliant package that will leave you hungry for more. This is about as good as modern power metal of recent years gets.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 10


Band profile: Freedom Call
Album: Legend Of The Shadowking


 



Written on 04.02.2010 by
Baz Anderson
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andresderis - 30.04.2010 at 01:26  
Best power metal album at this time ,Chris has evolved and improved some very cool voice style. Crystal clear production . Songs could have been a little bit longer but this is fine. 9.5/10
Ellrohir - 30.04.2010 at 14:12  
Best power album at this time is Sabaton...or will be next month when it is coming out

but nice album indeed
Zenzero - 20.06.2010 at 16:53  
When a dark/black metal album is out i don't comment it saying that for me all sound similares! and that sucks! i comment the genre i listen! so if you don't like power why d'you post messagges here??
Vikcen - 31.12.2010 at 05:01  
Tracks 1 to 4: really awesome and surprising.
Track 5: still a very good song.
Tracks 6 to 8: a real bore .
Track 9: really awesome and surprising.
Track 10: nothing to comment.
Track 11: well, it is good.
Track 12: well, a short ballad, not bad.
Track 13: good song!
Track 14: hehe good song!
Vikcen - 31.12.2010 at 05:18  
I had removed two or three songs of this album, and we get a solid record of power metal.
Polcanium - 03.02.2011 at 16:46  
"From Russia with love" and POWER!!! \m/
This music changed my life. Thank you, Chris, for everything you do.

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