Released: 2011, YesterRock
Reviewer: Carlos Llanas
Eternal Flight is a Power/Prog metal band hailing from the eastern regions of France known as Haute Savoie. After over a decade of being active, and two previous records, they have released their third studio attempt titled "Diminished Reality, Elegies and Mysteries" or "D.R.E.A.M.S" for short. At first glance, the presentation of the album didn't catch my attention at all, but as they say, don't judge a book (or an album) by its cover. I know it's hard not too, but you could find yourself eating your own words. A full blue moon adorns the album cover and the band logo sits right above it; nothing too special. The sound and musicianship, on the other hand, shines right through.
There is no doubt these guys are experienced. The guitars have a solid sound, and the solos come out flying. This is noticeable on the track "Firedancer". The guitars, keyboards, and drums compliment each other nicely, and it helps set the mood right before the vocals hit. This track isn't fast, it's a mid-tempo tune, but as I said before, it's about the mood it sets. While we are on the keyboard subject, I've never really liked them to be honest, but these guys make it work. There is one track, however, where I felt like it was over done. "Fantasea" was probably my least favorite songs on this album; it was too overwhelming for me for that same reason. I also felt like it was lengthy, but offering very little. Aside from that, there are some pretty good songs on this release. My favorite has to be "Nightmare King", because as soon as it starts you know it's going to be a good one. The vocals are good, the melodies are strong, and it has a neat thrash riff that catches you by surprise. It makes you move, and that's what I like. I can hear a strong Rob Halford influence in the singing abilities of vocalist Gérard Fois; it's a plus for me. To top it all off, they do a nice cover of the great Ronnie James Dio tune "Night People". Great tribute guys!
To sum it up, the album is good; the songs are structured nicely. It isn't something ground breaking or new, but it does what it's intended to do. And that is to make you want to listen to it again. Another great thing on this album that makes it very special, is that they had guests from all over the metal scene. Guests the likes of Ricardo Confessori (Shaman, Angra), Mark McGee (ex Vicious Rumors), Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage), and Rob Love Magnusson (Dynazty) all do great work on the album. I suppose you cannot have too many guests huh? Fans of Kamelot, Symphony X, Dream Theater, and Savatage will enjoy this release.