|Review: ELA - Second Reality|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 24, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
It's not often an artist that has five albums and two EPs released since 2004 doesn't have a page on Metal-Archives (none that I could find, anyway) but that seems to be the case with Germany's ELA, a group named after the lead singer/songwriter. Second Reality is album #5 and is a Power Metal effort in the mold of Mob Rules. High vocals, quick tempos (w/o an overdose of double-kick drums) and plenty of major chords are the rule with just a few keyboard flourishes to fill out the sound. As befits a Power Metal release there is a ballad that is well past the point of being too syrupy ("Black Roses") but otherwise not a lot of stuff that stands out. The songs "Witch of Salem" and "Lizzy Borden's Rhyme" stick with me but that's because I was raised in New England and the songs are about things I grew up with, not because they are great shakes. If you like Mob Rules or bands in the vein, Second Reality should please your ears, but it won't knock your socks off.
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