"Unisonic" (EarMusic/Edel AG; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Fans of Helloween will love Unisonic, primarily because it has two members from the aforementioned band: Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske. Gamma Ray fans will have reason to listen up as well. Power metal may have moved across a few ponds but it's still alive. Unisonic combine power metal, heavy metal and hard rock and do it quite well. This brand or genre of music may have had its time in America but fans are united by music and, whether you're Finnish, German, Japanese or Swedish, you know the music. (I find it interesting that power metal performed in other countries is sung in English.)

Many of the tracks on this disc have a great vocal climb and an even better solo and that's the way it should be. The vocal harmonies are outstanding, the drums sound great and the bass has plenty of flavor. The rhythm guitar is the main point of many songs.

The zip codes may have shifted east but the music hasn't aged at all. The production is really great and when you get the feeling that these guys enjoy making metal then you'll sink deeper into their world with ease. We in America may have lost the drive to play power metal but we did give it to the world. Unisonic has given it back.

Unisonic: Michael Kiske - lead vocals; Mandy Meyer - lead & rhythm guitars; Kai Hansen - lead & rhythm guitars; Dennis Ward - bass; Kosta Zafiriou - drums, percussion.

For more information - http://www.unisonic.de/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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