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2007, Perris Records/Border Music
Here is yet another Norwegian debut act. Keldian is a duo that plays keyboard-based melodic hard rock. The focus is on lead vocals and keyboards, so there’s not much edgy guitar playing, which is exactly what this album needs. Musical parallels can be drawn with pre-breakthrough Europe, Giant, or < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />
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The things that I have against the album and the things that disturb me the most are the massive keyboard parts that erase everything else in the mix. I’d really have liked the guitar to be more forward in the mix. The duo also seems to have problems regarding the music; they can’t decide whether they should play melodic rock or hard rock. “Redshift” is probably the most boring track on the album; it’s a slow ballad where Andersen sings for Maja Svisdahl. The same goes for “Sundancer”, where they at least have a better tempo going, but nothing much happens anyway.
HEAVEN’S GATE is a debut album I would hesitate to release if I were a record label. Sure there are a few moments where the band shines a little brighter, but they are too few to be counted. They have the potential, but they don’t know what to do with it. And what about a duo? Have a duo ever gone far in the melodic hard rock genre? Maybe the next album can convince me more, but let’s hope it takes a while.
Killer tracks are “Crusader”, “Heart of the Sun”, “Heaven’s Gate” “Salvation (Release Me)”.
Christer Andersen – lead vocals, guitar, bass
Arild Aardalen – keyboards, vocals
Jorn Holen – drums
Maja Svisdahl – vocals
Gunhild Mathea Olaussen – violin
Mats Rybo – vocals
H-Man – spoken words
More info about the band
Heart of the Sun
Requiem for the Light
Salvation (release me)
Beyond the Stars
Plains of Forever