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Symphorce
PhorcefulAhead
February 2003
Released: 2003, Metal Blade
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

2 years after the release of SINCTUARY, German power metallers Symphorce are back with their third and, in my opinion, best album to date PHORCEFULAHEAD. For me this was a long awaited release not only because of the how great SINCTUARY was but because the band also contains one of my favourite, and in my opinion, one of the most under rated vocalists in metal today, Andy B. Franck. Andy also fronts another excellent band by the name of Brainstorm . Joining Andy in Symphorce is Cede Dupont: guitars (Cede is also a member of Freedom Call), Markus Pohl: guitars, Dennis Wohlbold: bass and Sasha Sauer: drums.



I was introduced to the band via the SINCTUARY (2000) disc and it was an experience. Symphorce played powermetal with the emphasis on power. After going back and hearing their debut TRUTH TO PROMISES (1999) I saw how much the band had grown between releases. Now with PHORCEFUL AHEAD Symphorce has graduated to the next level and should take their place as one of the best bands in metal. Their strength lies in their songs. They have the ability to create music that sticks in your head. Have you ever heard a song and then 3 days later out of the blue you find yourself humming the tune? That is Symphorce. “Unbroken”, “Your Blood, My Soul” and “Moving in Circles” stayed with me for days as I ponder the personal message that is contained in each track. There are no sowrds and sorcery found here as the band sticks closer to songs which deal more with personal torment and demons than actual dragons and devils. As an added Bonus there are 3 demo songs which though only raw mixes are great songs unto themselves.



It’s a shame that this band is not more well known. With the glut of powermetal bands on the scene today it seems that maybe Symphorce has slipped between the proverbial cracks. Hopefully with the switch to Metal Blade the band will get the push that they deserve. Andy B. Franck, who incidentally produced this disc along with Dupont, and company are definitely a band to look out for in 2003.
Track Listing

01: SPEAK MY MIND
02: UNBROKEN
03: SLOWDOWN
04: LONGING HOME
05: MOVING IN CIRCLES
06: FALLING THROUGH AGAIN
07: YOUR BLOOD; MY SOUL
08: RAGE OF VIOLENCE
09: TOUCHED AND INFECTED
10: NOTHIN`LEFT

Bonus Tracks:
11: Where Night Returns
12: Force Fed
13: In Times of Grief

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