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Prey: Knights Of The Revolution

Prey: Knights Of The Revolution

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yep, another Swedish metal band crosses my review desk. How is that new? What will it be this time? The usual: power metal, melodic metal, death metal or some other predictable combination? Swedish four-piece Prey returns after four years with their sophomore release, Knights Of The Revolution, and throws us a curve. Billed as melodic metal, Knights Of The Revolution straddles a very blurred line between melodic heavy metal and melodic hard rock with entertaining results.

Generally, thanks to the catchy riffs, melodies, choruses and enthusiastic guitar solos, Knights Of The Revolution could be considered more melodic hard rock than metal. Alternatively, on many songs, Prey launches into some hard charging and stronger riffing that borders on metal, sometimes even power metal (Bloodred Sky, In Memoriam, or Personal Fantasy). Often times this motif simply dovetails back into basic melodic hard rock as on Playing With Fire, and so Prey essentially confuses the musical issue.

In the end, thanks to their fine song craftsmanship, Prey pulls off this double identity with pleasing results: catchy melodies over great grooves with magnificent vocal arrangements highlighted by ripping solos are the coin of the realm. The most notable contributions are Deliver The Goods, the ballad-like Get Out, the convincing Into The Fire, and fast paced and hook laden Run.

On their sophomore release, Knights Of The Revolution, Sweden's Prey blurs genres successfully to deliver a highly entertaining package of melodic hard rock and metal. Superb musicianship and fine song composition combine to create crafty and catchy songs with big melodies, hooks and guitar solos. Very recommended!

In Short

On their sophomore release, Knights Of The Revolution, Sweden's Prey blurs genres successfully to deliver a highly entertaining package of melodic hard rock and metal. Superb musicianship and fine song composition combine to create crafty and catchy songs with big melodies, hooks and guitar solos. Very recommended!

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