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Balance of Power
Perfect Balance
September 2001
Released: 2001, Nightmare Records
Rating: 4.2/5
Reviewer: Rick

Kick ass melodic metal is what Balance of Power delivers on their latest CD PERFECT BALANCE. Since I have been on vacation from work for the last couple of weeks I have been able to listen to a lot of metal. (Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get as many reviews done.) One of the CDs which I have given a fair number of spins to is this latest offering from BOP. This Cd was released August 14 in the States so its available right now for all you metalheads who are into melodic metal that is not necessarily power metal. Before I go any further I will introduce the band. Balance of Power is an English act with the exception of the vocal slot which is held down by an American. The line up is Lance King: vocals, Pete Southern: guitars, Bill Yates: guitar, Lionel Hicks: drums and on bass is former vocalist Tony Ritchie who rejoined the band on the tour for their last CD TEN MORE TALES OF GRAND ILLUSION. Additional keyboards are provided by Leon Lawson.



"Higher Then the Sun" opens the disc with an almost progressive tinged sound reminiscent of Ian Parry and his Consortium Project. Lance Kings stretches his vocal chords on this one. The first time I listened to this disc I thought to myself "If this song is a precursor of things to come then this will be a great disc". I was right. Up next is "Shelter Me" . This song has a great piano intro and has a cool plodding verse with one of the most ear catching chorus on the CD. It has an almost middle eastern feel which sets it apart from the other songs on the disc. One of my favourite songs. "The Pleasure Room" is the closest to what I would consider a ballad on the release. This is not your typical love song and the lyrics are ambiguous enough to make you think while listening to this great track. King shines on the track "The Killer or the Cure" He goes from a deep throaty resonating tone to some stratospheric screams! This guy has a great range. The release closes on a high note with the up tempo track "Search for the Truth". One of the faster tracks on the Cd and a great way to end the CD.



As I am listening to PERFECT BALANCE I get a feeling that I just can’t put my finger on. Then it hits me. Balance of Power have a fleeting resemblance to EMPIRE era Queensryche at times. I think it has to do with King going from the low voice to the upper registers ala Geoff Tate on, for example, "Jet City Woman". Its nothing concrete, just a feeling I get. The overall sound of the CD is very progressive and bombastic in nature .The band has also moved in a heavier direction which compliments the overall progressive feel of the disc. The production was handled by drummer Lionel Hicks and it is sharp and powerful. The production of the drums is especially good but what do you expect from a drummer/producer? PERFECT BALANCE is set to be one of the best releases of the year. Check out more about BOP http://www.balance-of-power.com
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Balance of Power
Perfect Balance
September 2001
Released: 2001, Nightmare Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Pete

Formed in Brighton, England in 1995, Balance of Power have hit the mark with their latest release, PERFECT BALANCE. The album provides the perfect mixture of progressive, power and melodic metal all in one. It contains 9 tracks which brings to mind Stratovarious, Dream Theatre and a heavy dose of Queensryche. "Fire Dance" sounds like Queensryche at their prime while "Shelter Me" brings Dream Theatre to mind. Fans of Crimson Glory will favor "Fire Dance" but my fav would be "One Voice" featuring some nice double-kick work and a big chorus that sticks in your head all day. The highlight of Balance of Power is the voice of Lance King, sounding an awful lot like Geoff Tate in his prime and Michael Kiske in his Helloween days. Not the most original, but guaranteed to get more spins than the last Queensryche opus.



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