|Review: Perpetual Fire - Endless World|
Year released: 2006
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 31, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)
From the sound alone, it's no surprise that this band hails from Italy. A little bit of a rough traditional heavy metal sound that's overshadowed by signature Italian power metal (read: Been there, done that.) Endless World is a mix of Italian-style European power metal, symphonic power metal and a hint of more aggressive traditional heavy metal - so essentially you get your share of double bass drums, crunchy guitars and an overall "happy" feel to the music. Some of the symphonic parts remind me of some of Rhapsody's early material. The vocals are what you would expect for the genre - relatively high pitched but not too much and overall the vocalist does a good job, although it took a few listens before I got used to his voice. Frankly, there's nothing here that hasn't been done before by countless bands. Not bad by any means, but there isn't anything here to help differentiate Perpetual Fire from so many other power metal bands that have already done something similar. So if you have to pick one of those, Perpetual Fire is as good a choice as any. The album ends on a cover of Blondie's early 80s hit song "Call Me". Now that's one I had not heard covered by a metal band before. Having grown up in those years, I think personally I'll stick to the original but it's at the very least interesting to hear.
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