I really adore such an ambient intro. For some reason it always gets my attention so I’m right on into the right mood. A good introduction for an album, a right atmosphere to get the listener focussed is important, to me. More important is of course the music and allow me to say already Skyliner doesn’t disappoint me either.

Who is Skyliner anyway? Well, this is a band from out of the US, Florida to be exact. In the past more awesome bands came from out of this area but it took some EP’s before Skyliner could come out with this debut album. From the beginning until the end you will witness some high qualitative Power Metal, more European oriented than the typical darker American style.  Nevertheless Skyliner doesn’t bring cheesy Metal.

Skyliner often searches the boundaries of Progressive Metal and so I can conclude, easily, that a whole bunch of varied songs is heading your way. This band loves to play with rather complex riffs and the leads are another important brand.  The tempi are switching the whole time from rather fast to slow, all empowered by hard-hitting drums and heavy bass guitars.

Jake Becker is guitar player and singer and he really did a good job. You won’t hear me say he’s a new big talent but his vocal lines and style fits the music very well. This band delivers headbanging stuff and can easily compete with European bands that play the same style. With guitar introductions like I hear on “Forever Young” this band really knows how to please the real metal fans. A good production on powerful rhythm sessions does the rest.

Last track on “Outsiders” is a 21 minute during concept, called “Worlds Of Conflict”. In this song Skyliner delivers lots of things. It’s at least worth to check this track out because the band put a lot of energy in it, trying to give the listener lots of listening pleasure. The variation, also vocal wise, fits the band and the more technical lines here often remind me even of Tourniquet. The special and dark mood on this track does a lot to me, especially that slow part is really awesome! It’s more than a blink of an eye to the oldest secrets of Heavy Metal if you would ask me and the followed lead is awesome to hear as well. Well done! As for the rest of this CD the guitars are playing an important role and believe me when I say some good leads can be witnessed on this release!

With “Outsiders” this band gives us a good sight of the modern True Metal scène in the US. Maybe this record is too less for being something exceptional, but it’s also too good to be denied. Under the influence of European bands Skyliner might be promising for the future although I doubt they will ever be a leading band. Anyway a good album from these Americans you can discover at:

My Points: 86 / 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