I've wondered what happened to German power metal band Eternal Reign. The Dawn of Reckoning is their third work, the first since 2005's Forbidden Path. In five years, Eternal Reign really hasn't skipped a beat. Picking up where they left off, The Dawn of Reckoning is pure Euro-power metal, heavy and blistering, and sometimes epic and intricate. The latter is what puts Eternal Reign a small notch above your general power band. They've never been afraid to add a bit of progressive elements to the mix. Beyond the Black and Lost Clouds are inspired evidence of this. Gone Too Far adds both intricacy and granduer to the power metal.
But mostly what you have here is full throttle, train barreling down the tracks, heavy power metal. The Beast Within or Lords of Chaos are songs that will run you over like a supercharged bulldozer. Then again, Eternal Reign can travel the path of more traditional metal on Devil and Daughter, a song with some big hooks. Ultimately, The Dawn of Reckoning is a well-rounded album with much to appreciate, but you'll have to give it that patience first spin. Otherwise, some will find it inherently redundant, especially those who think typical Euro or Teutonic power metal is passe.