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Review: Metalite - A Virtual World
A Virtual World

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 47:38
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 3, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
A Virtual World

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

A Virtual World is the third album from uber-melodic Swedish band Metalite. Akin to the flowery power metal of the early 2000s, song after song on A Virtual World unleashed hooks and choruses that wormed their way into my ears and did not easily release their grip. "Cloud Connected", "Peacekeepers" and, "The Vampire Song" rattled around in my brain long after the album had ended. Musically, Metalite have adopted a keyboard-forward approach that demands equal time with the guitars and occasionally elbows them out of the way. The result is that their music has an electronic/dance music component that is undeniable, and I can easily imagine "We're Like the Fire" being a Eurovision Song Contest entry. Thankfully, they haven't abandoned European-style classical-inspired heavy metal, so we're not talking about a pop album pretending to be metal, more of a metal album pushing the envelope in the direction of popular music quite a long way.

I like A Virtual World a lot but as anyone who knows me understands, I really like power metal. With that caveat, I feel as though the songs on this album are well written, hooky and just a little quirky which all give it a lot of character. It is not for those dedicated solely to thrash or the extreme genres, but if you like a little Sonata Arctica, Nightwish, and Heavenly in your mix, you might enjoy Metalite's spin on power metal.

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