ASTRALION – Astralion
In the mid and late 90’s power metal music was once again an uprising force and rightfully so because it was represented by such bands like STRATOVARIUS, RHAPSODY, HAMMERFALL and BLIND GUARDIAN which released back then albums which are still considered classics. The musicians behind ASTRALION have felt nostalgia about that era and the above mentioned bands and in 2011 they decided to create ASTRALION. With their debut album ASTRALION deliver us melodic European power metal in the good old traditional way where keyboards and guitars are well balanced and power metal was actually a metal sound (not like all these symphonic crap bands we listen to lately). “Astralion” might not be an original sounding album, but that doesn’t reduce its quality, not even a bit, since the guys behind the band wanted from the start to play traditional melodic power metal. The album really flows when you listen to it and it has compositions that will make you listen to them again and again. The biggest achievement, though, for ASTRALION is that they have managed to give a fresh air to the melodic European power metal sound. Also their passion and skills that give to the compositions more depth and variety is a big advantage. I think that people who like power metal will enjoy ASTRALION too.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis