Released: 2005, Lion Music
Happy melodic power metal bands seem to be popping up everywhere like weeds. Nightscape is just another one of those bands taking that same formula, so they sound like Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, and Rhapsody. Nightscape puts forth the speed, a singer reaching for the sky with his voice, and the melodies of guitar/keyboard duals, doing it all with great skill in powerful songs. But they’re just a clone of every other power metal band out there.
The first track, "The Haunted Hill," is the epitome of cheese with a quite lame chorus that ruins the song, but they do get past that with headbang-inducing tunes like "Higher Than Life," where the vocals are at their best, and "The Serpent King," where the variations in speed keep it fresh. Things do get lame again with "Home," which reminds me of something off of Stratovarius’s ELEMENTS PT. 1, what with the 'floating in the clouds' mood and cheesy lyrics. As the album progresses, no more of the songs stand out; it’s all just rehashing the same formula.
Super melodic power metal is one of my favorite styles of metal. Unfortunately, there isn’t much room for variation in it, and Nightscape does nothing to make themselves unique among the others of the genre. There is no doubt, however, that they are a talented bunch of dudes with potential to follow up this debut with something even better to bring them into the spotlight as another notable power metal band.