Edgend, a metal band from Israel (a first for Dangerdog Music Reviews), takes their name from the sharp end of the sword. The appellation is fitting as their first release, A New Identity, is quite refined progressive power metal. Being more conventional than innovative, A New Identity is calculated and expertly played prog-power metal in the European vein. Honestly, for a first effort they Edgend is equal to whatever bands they wish to call peers. Kevin Codfert (Adagio, Ventura) produced and the album was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Malmsteen, Rob Halford, David Eleffson).
Several things about A New Identity struck me immediately. First, while the power metal pace is often evident, Edgend was careful craft songs with varied movements which engage all players; My Oath and The Pain are examples. Second, following this, David Ezuz's keyboard contributions are quite delectable and ambitious with his work on The Pain and Balance being highlights. Third, the lyrical content of A New Identity is quite intelligent (and spiritual) being both coherent and mysterious within the same song. Finally, Rami Salmon's vocals are also ambitious and strong; however, at time he seemed unnatural as he strained to sound 'metal' in the more intense parts. Overall, Edgend's A New Identity is aggressive and powerful progressive power metal, a strong first effort for a young band.