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BAND/AUTHOR:

GATHERING OF KINGS

(SWEDEN)

TITLE:
FIRST MISSION
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
A.O.R.
"Unfortunately, compositions blow, in diametrically opposed ways, the fire and the ice."
LYNOTT - 06.03.2019 -
What do you get by bringing together several singers from Firewind, The Night Fligth Orchestra and Masterplan, various guitarists exfiltrated from Eclipse, Within Temptation and Saffire, some well-known keyboard players from Pretty Maids and Creye, three drummers including that of W.E.T. and a former bass player from Treat? Easy: you get a Phenomena like project, an album from a collective. 

The listen to the beginning of the opus is not disappointing. Björn Strid (Night Flight Orchestra) enhance the huge 80's track "Forever An A Day" - helped by Erik Mårtensson's choirs (Eclipse) - a track that starts like Bon Jovi's "Runaway". Rick Altzy (Masterplan) takes over from the sensational - and so close to W.E.T. - "Love Will Stay Alive". Tobias Jansson (Saffire) succeeds him on the amazing mid-tempo "Endless Paradise" which brings us back to the moods dear to Magnus Karlsson (Allen/Lande) and Place Vendome. 

Then the rhythm becomes more polished. Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind) may try to seduce his world, but listening to "Saviour" give the impression of hear a B-side of a Phenomena single or an unpublished soundtrack of an 80's movie. Fortunately comes Altzy and his raspy voice on the bewitching ballad (his first according to him) "Passing Rain", then Jansson took us down with an "Out Of My Life" straightforwardly FM, like his successor, a "Lonely Road". 

Papathanasio is definitely out of luck, he inherited the weakest tracks of the opus. However, in his misfortune he could have been entrusted with 'The Runaway', the insipid cover of Carola, winner of Eurovision where she played this title of the Gibb brothers or worse, the horribly pop 'Long Way From Home', worthy of the worst hours of this European radio hook. Fortunately Altzi takes over with "Battle Cry" which irresistibly closes the opus by sending an epic in the manner of the prolific Karlsson. 

Too many weak titles annihilate the severe slaps sporadically gleaned from only half of the work. Since Victor Olsson - Saffire's guitarist - is the only composer at work here, it is rather surprising to see how his compositions blow, in diametrically opposed ways, the fire and the ice.

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W.E.T., MAGNUS KARLSSON

TRACK LISTING

01. The Gathering
02. Forever And A Day
03. Love Will Stay Alive
04. Endless Paradise
05. Saviour
06. Passing Rain
07. Out Of My Life
08. Lonely Road
09. Angels
10. Long Way From Home
11. The Runaway (Carola cover)
12. Battle Cry” (Bonus Track)


LINEUP

Alexander Frisborg: Chant
Apollo Papathanasio: Chant
Björn Strid: Chant
Chris Laney: Claviers
Efraim Larsson: Batterie
Erik Martensson: Guitares
Erik Wiss: Claviers
Henrik Sethsson: Choeurs
Jens Westin: Chant / Guitares
Jonas Källsbäck: Batterie
Martin Sweet : Guitares
Nalle Påhlsson: Basse
Richard Larsson: Claviers
Rick Altzi: Chant
Robban Bäck: Batterie
Stefan Helleblad: Guitares
Tobias Jansson : Chant
Victor Olsson: Guitares / Claviers


TAGS:
80's, Easy Listening / FM
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