Released: 2010, Liljegren Records
Regular readers of http://www.metal-rules.com
will know my tastes for neoclassical speed metal. I enjoy all forms of metal but this stuff is my bread and butter, my meat and potatoes, namely the main staple of musical diet. I can throw on a neo-classical Power Metal album on any time of the day and be satisfied. Golden Resurrection fits the bill perfectly.
Golden Resurrection is a Swedish project that brings together Christian Liljegren vocalist of Narnia, Audiovision and Divine Fire, and 22-year-old wunder-kid guitarist Tommy Johannson of Reinxeed on guitar. Audiovision+ Reinxeed=Golden Resurrection!
I never cease to be amazed at Liljegren’s productivity and creativity. I reviewed the Audiovision’s FOCUS on this site and gave it a 3.5/5. I also reviewed Reinxeed’s MAJESTIC and gave it a 4.5/5. Bring the two together and you have a winning combination.
The more I hear Christian’s voice the more I feel that he is under-rated and his name should be talked with the same respect and admiration as Goran Edman, Jorn Lande, Mark Boals and any other number of singers in that vein. GLORY TO MY KING was released on Liljegren’s own label and meets the usual standard of quality in terms of production and presentation. It’s clear, loud and has a nice balance between guitar and vocals.
In reference again to Audiovision and Reinxeed, Golden Resurrection is heavier and faster than Audiovision but not quite as fast and frantic as Reinxeed. I know those are very subtle shades of distinction but avid fans will be able to discern the difference between the projects that are all very admittedly similar in tone, tempo and execution. In case you were wondering about the name, yes, the band is Christian. Don’t let that dissuade you, the lyrics are not preachy, they are positive and life affirming, songs about the power and the glory, which in reality are not much different than the lyrical content of many other neo-classical type bands.
The guitars and soloing on this album are just mad, all over the place driving the songs along, fast, note dense soloing scattered all over the tunes. Everything is pretty fast on these songs propped up by washes of keyboards and soaring on top of that Liljegren powerful voice. This is well performed, well-executed and delivered with intensity and sincerity. GLORY TO MY KING is an extremely fine album melding the two shining stars capabilities into one superb album.