Artist: At Vance
2007 At Vance returned with their 'VII' album and their new vocalist Rick
Altzi, that album simply blew everyone away. Not only was this a great return to form
but it highlighted the vocal might of Altzi.
that same vocal prowess is brought to fold once more with the bands
superb new album ‘Facing Your Enemy’.
album gets underway with the powerful ‘Heaven Is Calling’ and from
the off Altzi unleashes his full vocal might with the guitars of founder
Olaf Lenk at their flamboyant best.
prog-metal vibe that has become the backbone of the At Vance is
continued with excellent title track ‘Facing Your Enemy’, the
vocals and guitars compliment each other perfectly, showcasing perfectly
what a great match they are for each other, but for those of you who
like a little more edge fear not, they don’t come any more edgy than
the rockin ‘Eyes Of A Stranger’.
is no resting on their laurels as the album continues to mix things up,
this time the melodic metal of ‘Fear No Evil’ takes over and with
Altzi delivering a vocal presence that reminds of a mix between Ronnie
James and Tony Martin, think Heaven and Hell Sabbath meets Southern Cross
Sabbath for this one.
back to the flamboyant guitar licks of Lenk and those awesome vocals of Altzi
for the towering ‘Live & Learn’, before the tempo is brought
down a touch with the haunting melodies of the excellent ‘Don’t
Dream' and ‘See You Crying’.
tempo is picked up big style as Lenk leads the way with a flurrying solo
at the start of the ‘Saviour’, before paying homage to German Melodic
Rockers Tokyo the band, with their storming version of ‘Tokyo’.
back to the original material once more with the instrumental ‘March
Of The Dwarf’ and the stormingly anthemic ‘Fame And Fortune’
album closes with something rather special in ‘Things I Never
Needed’, not only is it a great ballad, but we also get to hear what a
great set of vocals Lenk has, as he rounds things off with a very
emotive closing track, which shows us all just what a versatile artist Lenk is,
and that At Vance are a band that can still surprise us all. Just
thought you’d heard the last of them with the compilation album
‘Decade’, At Vance come back bigger and better and facing their
enemies straight on and with plenty of fire in their bellies once more.
Heaven Is Calling
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