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Review: Dionysus - Anima Mundi
Anima Mundi

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 53:23
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: May 11, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Anima Mundi

Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (8 Votes)

When Dionysus came on the scene with their debut Sign Of Truth, they were billed as a supergroup of sorts. With names like Ronny Milianowicz, Johnny Ohlin, and Olaf Hayer, a certain degree of professionalism was expected, and naturally these veterans delivered a stunning Power Metal record, bringing together everything that represented quality within the genre. In 2004, they released the follow up, Anima Mundi, which followed the same path. The only difference was Dionysus sounded like a real band instead of a group of musicians thrown together for a studio project.

The kind of Power Metal that emerged in the first few years of the new Millennium is the name of the game here, and frankly, this is exactly how the style should sound. Think Edguy, think Gamma Ray, think Rhapsody at their most reined in. Soaring vocals (some of Hayer's best), sweeping neo-classical guitars, starry keyboards, huge backing choirs; all of these tricks are in evidence, and siphoned through a pounding production, songs like "Eyes Of The World", "Anima Mundi" and "Divine" shine as bright as the stars themselves. It's cheesy, for sure, but so was all Power Metal back then. This might not be as surprising as Sign Of Truth, but it's certainly catchier, and I defy you not to sing along with "My Heart Is Crying" by the second chorus. Fans of sweet and melodic Power Metal who have somehow evaded this need to remedy that immediately.

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