Label: Scarlet Records – SC185-2
Released: 15 March 2010
Style: Power metal
An album that is built off of atmosphere and sticks pretty much in upper-mid tempo territory in a manner reminiscent of short-lived projects from around the same time period like Dawn Of Silence and Dignity. There are occasional points where things take on more of an impact-based sense of power metal mayhem. The standout speeder of the lot is “Rising”, which listens the most like a stylistic throwback to the band’s demo period in the early 2000s and wouldn’t be out of place as a faster number off Hammerfall’s Legacy Of Kings. The title song “Leave This World” and the driving anthem “Scarred” take on a bit more of a Stratovarius feel with maybe a slight bit of Brainstorm’s Liquid Monster, keeping things up tempo and featuring a solid keyboard display out of Dragonland key master Elias Holmlid. Amid the songs that round out the rest of the listen is a nice punchy excursion into Tad Morose territory with some guest vocals provided by former Heed and Lost Horizon front man Daniel Heiman in “Leaping Cat” and a slow, sorrowful crawl into the album’s conclusion using a similar aesthetic in “Revelation”, though the absolute zenith of the bunch is the rocking trek into orthodox Maiden worship with an early Pyramaze twist in “Narrow Minded”. Recommended if you like Iron Maiden, Saxon, Steel Attack, Morifade, Hammerfall or Accept.