Freedom Call – Silver Romance Review

A Quarter-Century of Happy Metal: Freedom Call Delivers with 'Silver Romance'...

Steamhammer/SPV

Release: 10 May 2024

 

Line Up:

Chris Bay – (vocals / guitar)
Lars Rettkowitz – (guitar)
Francesco Ferraro – (bass)
Ramy Ali – (drums)

 

Tracklist:

01. Silver Romance
02. Symphony Of Avalon
03. Supernova
04. Infinity
05. Out Of Space
06. Distant Horizon
07. In Quest Of Love
08. Blue Giant
09. Meteorite
10. Big Bang Universe
11. New Haven
12. High Above
13. Metal Generation

 

Celebrating 25 years of uplifting power metal, Freedom Call, the self-proclaimed masters of happy metal, present their latest album, Silver Romance. Conceived during the global pandemic, this album, much like a fine wine, has been allowed to mature, resulting in a polished and refined work.

With the freedom from deadlines, Freedom Call meticulously crafted this album, encapsulating everything that has defined their success over the years. From their early days, influenced by Gamma Ray through the contributions of original member Daniel Zimmerman, to their current distinctive style, Silver Romance represents the band’s evolution.

The album opens with the powerful title track, which would be a proud addition to Kai Hansen’s repertoire. The energy continues seamlessly into Symphony of Avalon and reaches epic, theatrical heights with Supernova.

Adding a surprising twist, the album includes Blue Giant, a melancholic, almost gothic piece composed by guitarist Lars Rettkowitz, offering a nuanced departure from their usual style.

For those familiar with Freedom Call, their music consistently exemplifies excellence. While it may not serve as the ideal muse for someone like Thom Yorke seeking inspiration for the next Radiohead album, fans will find that tracks like Supernova and Big Bang Universe offer the pure escapism they cherish. Freedom Call transports listeners to mystical realms, spins enchanting tales, and revisits the beloved world of their fan-favorite album, Beyond, complemented by unique artwork for each track.

In conclusion, Silver Romance marks a triumphant return for Freedom Call. This anniversary release is essential listening for both genre enthusiasts and dedicated fans.

 

Reviewed by: Adrian Hextall

Score: 9/10 

 

 

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