Released: 2007, AFM Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
The almighty guitar player and leader of At Vance Olaf Lenk is back with a band consisting of him and lead singer Rick Altzi (Treasure Land). Altzi has taken on a pretty big task when he steps in to replace Mats Levén on vocals. Musically, Lenk hasn’t departed from his earlier direction and At Vance still delivers melodic power metal with neo-classical influences.
Even though Altzi has a pretty good voice, he can’t fill the shoes of Levén. He does an OK job, but nothing more; he should at least get credit for taking on this task. Lenk is a great guitar player and he gives his fair share of edgy guitar riffs on the album, but sadly he reuses a lot of his older riffs that you have heard before. The material is poorly inconsistent with both highs and lows. Almost every song is of the same tempo and nothing much happens musically. The album gives a pale impression and unfortunately the low points win out.
Two highlights are “Shiver” which is a well played melodic power metal song with a catchy chorus and the keyboard-based melodic power metal thing “Cold as Ice”. Other better songs are “Victory” and “Golden Leaves”, but there ends the better parts of the album. As you can see there are 4 great songs out of 10; too little for the album to get any higher of a rating.
I had really hoped for more from Lenk because I know he can do much better than this, but I doubt that even hardcore fans can enjoy this. The best part of the album is the cover artwork - you know from that that there isn’t much to this album.