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Endangered Reign
Fallen Breeze
February 2003
Released: 2002, Independent
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Rick

Before I go any further I want to say that its great to see bands like this coming from the United Sates. Endangered Reign are on a mission to the metal faithful to play metal that is free of any of the trends that are polluting the American airwaves today. They finish their mission statement with the promise that “We will never sell out or disappoint our fans”. Its always great to see a young band that is willing to play the music they love without worrying about what the “in thing” is at the moment. If Endangered Reign’s mission statement is any indication of their level of enthusiasm for metal then they should be around for a long time. The band was formed a little over 2 years ago and consists of Marc Ridenour: guitar and vocals, Braian Newman: guitar, Karl Seitz: bass and Dave Orweller: drums.

FALLEN BREEZE is an odd name for a CD but the music contained within is nothing short of what the band promises, pure heavy metal. With influences ranging from Testament, Savatage, Deep Purple and Metal Church to Nevermore Iced Earth, Angel Dust and Brainstorm its no wonder that the disc is chok full of straightforward metal. Tracks like “Shadows in the Mist”, “Never Fading” and “Ash Lands” are traditional metal played with conviction. One of the highlights of FALLEN BREEZE is the track “Beneath the Rain”. This is a mid tempo track that has an excellent solo courtesy of Newman. The production on the CD is sparse with the guitars having a razor harshness that could do with a bit of bass but otherwise suits the bands compositions to a T.

I had a bit of trouble giving a rating to this FALLEN BREEZE. The CD is 12 tracks and I think it could have been a little shorter. A couple of the songs are a bit weak and that just takes away from the overall cohesiveness of the disc. Another point I have to raise is the vocals of Ridenour. Though he is adequate I think the band would benefit greatly by adding a better vocalist. All that being said, I think Endangered Reign are on the right track and I look forward to their next release.
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