MetalBite Review by Tobias on 3/13/2001
I was looking forward to hearing this album. Any band that can continue writing songs about literary works and turn it into a concept album will always pique my interest. But I have to say, I didnít exactly expect to hear Ronnie James Dio
This is the type of power metal that has guitar licks reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteem
. Thereís a little bit of a Savatage
sound to it with some Iron Maiden
influences, but it just doesnít get as heavy as the mountain kings.
Back in the eighties, these guys wouldíve had something pretty good going, but for right now, I think that they need something a little different. Retro styles of almost any kind of music can be really cool, but I think itís only truly successful if something new is brought to the table. Unfortunately, I donít really see that happening in Desert Land
What I do see are some guys that have a lot of talent that need a little creative direction. Some of that creative direction should really focus on the vocals. While they provide us with Dio
-esque nostalgia, I think they need a little more beef and brawn. Iím not asking for growls, just something a little more manly.
This is Dio
-Lite mixed with a little fat-free Savatage
. It isnít bad, but youíd better hear it before running to the store to buy itÖ even if you are a big power metal fan.