Review by Adam M on September 13, 2018.
Borealis perform a rather strong form of power metal that has all the right ingredients for an exciting listen. There is a certain amount of bravado to these songs, but there is also an element that recalls the progressive styling of Symphony X. The mixture works well for the band and they sound one of a kind throughout. The guitar riffs are spectacular and really bring the album to life.
I like reviewing the album seeing as I haven’t done many power metal reviews for this site recently and this type of album brings a completely different side of metal to the table. The recording isn’t cheesy, but rather very brash and traditional sounding. The vocalist recalls that of Evergrey and does an excellent job of layering on top of the music. Drums round out the instruments and do a perfect job of providing backbone for the music. Instrumentally, the band is outstanding and pushes the power metal platform to its maximum potential. If there’s a fault in the music, it’s that it isn’t the most original as the band splice together ingredients of other bands to create their sound. Though not the most original, the band is able to create their impact upon the listener to the maximum extent imagineable. I’m really excited to be reviewing this quality type of power metal album because I don’t do so frequently for the genre.
There are just so many reasons to like this album and the various elements come together to craft something great. The Offering really gives the best recent Evergrey albums a run for its money. The fact that the band sounds like that outfit is nice, but they bring their whole side to the table with far more power metal influences. This album gets recommended to all progressive or power metal fans.
Rating: 7.8 out of 10