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Harmony: Chapter II Aftermath

Harmony: Chapter II Aftermath

Melodic/Power Metal
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sweden's Harmony returns with their aptly titled 'Chapter II: Aftermath,' their second full length release. Again, the band brings another platter of tasteful, mildly inventive, and, generally, better than average melodic power metal. Competition is tough in this genre these days. Fortunately, Harmony avoids some of the inherent pitfalls of mediocrity and monotony by bringing some enjoyable traits of their own to their style.

Harmony impresses and succeeds on several levels including solid and coherent song arrangements, strong and consistent lead vocals bolstered by very good vocal arrangements, and a sound use of keyboards that go beyond mere accentual flavoring. In reality, the keyboards contribute substantially because they are used both as a foil and a compliment to the lead guitar. This is most impressive and enjoyable on songs like 'Rain,' 'Don't Turn Away,' 'Kingdom' and 'Inner Peace,' all of which are fine pieces and the best being 'Inner Peace.'

Overall, the pace and presentation of 'Chapter II' is consistent nearing flawless execution. However, this characteristic may be the work's downfall. There's a certain predictably here: you're never surprised or astonished as you listen. It's all very good, just not all that compelling. Yet, I liked it all the same. Just call me a sucker for Scandi melodic metal.

In Short

Overall, the pace and presentation of 'Chapter II' is consistent nearing flawless execution. However, this characteristic may be the work's downfall. There's a certain predictably here: you're never surprised or astonished as you listen. It's all very good, just not all that compelling. Yet, I liked it all the same.

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