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Review: Secret Sphere - Scent of Human Desire
Secret Sphere
www.secretsphere.org
Scent of Human Desire

Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2003
Duration: 53:23
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 28, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Scent of Human Desire

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)
Review


This is actually the first album from this band I have ever heard but I will certainly be seeking out the first two in their catalogue as well. This is the first with a North American release thanks to the new deal they have signed with Nuclear Blast so perhaps they can re release their other two albums…hint hint.

The band hails from Italy and although they play a form of power/prog/traditional metal style they are absolutely nothing like their more famous contemporaries in Rhapsody. This in my opinion is a very good thing since I may be one of the only people that listens to this genre and does not care for Rhapsody…actually I find them pretty damn boring. You may have noticed I used three different styles of metal to describe the genre for this band and that is simply due to the fact it really depends on what song you are listening to that dictates what genre they are actually playing in. I found this to be a refreshing change of pace since after hearing the first couple of songs you still really don't know what is coming next which keeps you wondering. For a lot of bands in this genre you can pretty much tell the direction the album is going to go after the first two or three songs and all these changes from song to song that Secret Sphere throws at you is definitely impressive. There are certainly overriding similarities between songs which include the absolutely killer guitar work, great vocals and absolutely stellar songwriting. The only thing I would have liked to see changed was a few more up tempo tracks. There are quite a few mid tempo tracks and although they are just as good as the rest of the album I think this band is really at their best with the faster tracks like track 2 "Still Here" which just has this killer hook of a guitar riff driving its way through the entire song. This is a pretty minor complaint as the album is damn good even with the slower tracks.

Overall I was highly impressed with this band and I can certainly see where fans of any of the three genres I mentioned would simply love this album. Either way I just had to add their first two albums to my want list.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


Track Listing:
  1. Rain
  2. Still Here
  3. 1000 Eyes Show
  4. More Than Simple Emotions
  5. Surrounding
  6. Desire
  7. Virgin Street 69
  8. Runaway Train
  9. Scent of a Woman
  10. Life Part 1 – Walking through the Dawn
  11. Life Part 2 – Daylight
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