MEDUSA'S CHILD - EMPTY SKY (Pure Steel Records)
This band is the newest release on Pure Steel Records their roster and it’s always great to welcome outputs from this label, as they want to live up to their name. Well, they don’t have to be ashamed with this band from Suisse as Empty Sky hits the nail on the head! Medusa’s Child was formed in 1999, and they released several albums in the past, as well as a single and EP.
‘Empty Sky’ is the fourth full length album and they go all the way. Spreading your wings with metal songs of melodic and power metal foundation! The whole concept juts fits and variety is present from the very first moment. Traditional Power Metal listeners will be pleased with tracks like ‘Nevermore’ and ‘Paradise Eternally’, but the band is also aiming on those that like an orchestral arrangement occasionally with ‘Beethoven’s Kiss’. The track ‘My Inner Voice’ has also a second arrangement, as the bonus song on this Digipack cd is the acoustic version of the original. All done with the right ingredients and with the same passion that comes straight from the heart.
I like the name of the band, as it mysteriously reflects into the music as well, while the title of the album is giving space to whatever you want to interpret. These are albums to cherish, albums to stand the test of time, without exaggerating, but straight forward. The label wants to pigeonhole this release with bands like Stratovarius and Hammerfall, but I guess that they have much more to offer. There are many Power Metal bands nowadays, but it’s not easy to point out the one with the biggest influence. Exactly the variety results in different moods and different styles, but with one common factor and that’s the quality. Don’t expect a band that will become thé highlight of 2014, as that’s far beyond their aim, but expect a band that wants to deliver good, honest and positive music.
At some moments, Freedom Call popped up in my head, but they add a little more balls to their arrangement. Anyhow you look at it, Medusa’s Child new album is a pleasant surprise for many metalheads around and surely they want to play their songs as much as possible live. I guess it’s best to keep an eye on their website www.medusaschild.com to see if they will play a gig in your area. Suisse isn’t obvious to conquer the rest of Europe, but with this album, they prove that they are ready for it!
My rating: 83 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish