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Starfall - Dragonland

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal / Artist: Dragonland / Import / Audio CD released at Cleopatra

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      28.06.2008 19:19
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      Dragonland's third album (2004).

      Dragonland's distinctive sound begins to define itself on their third album, which ditches the intro and outro tracks and instead hands an entire portion of the album over to keyboard player Elias Holmlid's orchestral soundtrack compositions, a trend that would increase on the next album, the classic 'Astronomy.' The music is now more progressive, no longer instantly comparable to other power metal bands, but at the same time the band seems to possess relatively few original ideas at this point. Although each song is a high quality performance in its own right, they tend to sound the same, without the contrived fast/slow divisions of past works.

      'As Madness Took Me' is a great opener, taking its time to produce memorable guitar riffs rather than merely speeding out repetitive melodies at high speed, and the chorus is surprisingly commercial and almost pop in its approach; then again, when you're wading knee-deep through cheese by even picking up this album, a little extra isn't going to hurt, and is actually very enjoyable. The same goes for the distinctly 1980s keyboards of the title song, which I would usually hate, but once again consider acceptable here. 'The Book of Shadows' is an intriguing composition, but a little too derivative of film soundtracks to provide a truly gripping finale.

      1. As Madness Took Me
      2. Starfall
      3. Calling My Name
      4. In Perfect Harmony
      5. The Dreamseeker
      6. The Shores of Our Land
      7. The Returning
      8. To the End of the World
      9. The Book of Shadows Part I: A Story Yet Untold
      10. The Book of Shadows Part II: The Curse of Qa'a
      11. The Book of Shadows Part III: The Glendora Outbreak

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 As Madness Took Me
    2 Starfall
    3 Calling My Name
    4 In Perfect Harmony
    5 Dream Seeker
    6 Shores of Our Land
    7 Returning
    8 To the End of the World
    9 Book of Shadows, Pt. 1: A Story Yet Untold
    10 Book of Shadows, Pt. 2: The Curse of Qa'a
    11 Book of Shadows, Pt. 3: The Glendora Outbreak