This is not to say this album doesn’t have flaws. For one, it’s 66 minute run time is a bit much, though it isn’t exactly awful considering it’s 66 minutes of good music. The occasional rough vocals also feel out of place to me, especially in such a clean, powerful album. There’s also a few tracks which are essentially filler, including the final track, which really closed out the album on a disappointing note considering the second to last track was an 8 minute epic. I completely think a few of the tracks could’ve been cutout entirely and the album probably would’ve been improved. Tracks 2-4 don’t really have much going on that’s different from one another. They’re all about the same length and very much similar in style. It isn’t really until the 6th track, a 10 minute monolith of a track and the longest track on the album, where things start really ramping up in terms of different styles.
This album doesn’t try to do anything new, I will admit that. It just recognizes what power metal is and executes the best anyone has executed it thus far this year. However I can’t quite give it a 9, because of the very fact that, while it does execute power metal extremely well, it runs into the age old problem of doing everything right, but not doing anything extra to earn the highest grade.