Ark Storm - Voyage of the Rage (February 14, 2018)
(02-14-2018, 08:57 AM)qpr Wrote: It´s the same with Galneryus, they´re way too cheesy for me as Ark Storm.

Concerto Moon is different as they have much more heavy guitar and the production is more rough.
I'm pretty much in agreement. Both are solid bands for what they do, but I tend to find them lacking in some areas that affect my enjoyment negatively. They're more for the individual songs than the albums in whole, in my humble opinion.

Concerto Moon is much heavier and more balanced in their old school and modern values, hence why they are above all other Japanese bands for me. I also love that their lyrics tend to be more personal and reflect on serious life moments. Save the epic war concept for some other release. That shit has been done to death, and is why a lot of people think power metal is just dorky music.
I listened to it for the first time yesterday. Pretty much exactly what I was expecting, about a 7/10, perfectly decent but somewhat "in one ear and out the other".

I think Yuhki's a little bit underused in places but he does get some solo space.

Neoclassical rock is one of those frustrating genres that it's pretty hard to innovate in (the further you move away from the cliches, the less it stays within the genre and starts to become something else completely) so really you have to accept that you're not going to get anything too original.
That's a shame, honestly. I'll probably hold off on this album, while I go listen to the first two more often to get a feel for them. The Everlasting Wheel appears to be their zenith.
I will say that Mark Boals sounds really good on this, for a nearly 60-year old guy there's no sign of his pipes giving out at all, which is no mean feat.

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