Through the trials and tribulations of absence and line up changes, Sweden's Harmony has finally emerged with their third album, Theatre of Redemption. The upside is that they arrive with a solid vocalist in Daniel Heiman, having a smooth melodic voice. Although still considered a 'guest' vocalist for this album, the band should probably consider keeping Heiman around.
As for content of Theatre of Redemption, the album is a mix of the classic genres of melodic, heavy, and power metal with some symphonic notes tossed in here and there. You'll catch some of the latter within Crown Me King and Son of the Morning, by example.
One characteristic that marks nearly the entire album is the sharpness of the riffage. It's not that's either caustic or piercing, but it's more than present, giving many songs a bombastic sound. With the thundering drums and thumping bass, the heaviness is definitely put into Harmony's metal. But it would be a betrayal to the band's name if the melody and harmony were not also present. It's notable in every arrangement, but it's the vocal arrangements, and Heiman's vocals, that gives voice to them, followed by the guitar structure. All these elements work together in the best possible way. Heavy in something like Hands of Time, and Bloodbound and In Search Of; more moderated in Theatre of Redemption, likely my favorite track with smooth melody and good vocal arrangement; and sublime in lightness of the metal anthem You Are. In this sense, there's some variety to the album, something for every melodic heavy metal fan making Theatre of Redemption a strong return for Harmony.
Theatre of Redemption is a strong return for Harmony, a good mix of melodic heavy metal that will please most fans.
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