|Review: Eternity's End - Unyielding|
Label: Avalon/Marquee Inñ
Year released: 2018
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: April 19, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.22/5 (84.44%) (9 Votes)
Hibria never lived up to the promise of their debut. After the unmitigated brilliance of Defying the Rules, they went on to a series of albums that had their strong points, but overall just failed to capitalize on what was good about that first album, and specifically what their singer, Iuri Sanson, was good at. So I was not sorry to see him leave Hibria and turn up here. Replacing the great Ian Parry is no small order, but with his high-octane wail, Sanson is up to the challenge.
The first Eternity's End album was much more proggy, but this one is much more ballistic Heavy/Power that falls squarely in the zone of what Sanson's voice is suited to. In fact, this album sounds a lot more like Hibria than Hibria have sounded for like 16 years. Propulsive, polished, hooky metal with a lot of Germanic crunch and Sanson unleashed to do his stratospheric, air-raid best. There's still a good amount of technicality in this stuff, but the songs are much more direct, with less of a tendency to meander off into proggy janking. A stellar follow-up that gives me a lot of hope for this band's future.
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