Hailing from Germany Saidian
are a Melodic Power Metal band that are a force to be reckoned with as 'Evercircle'
the bands third album shows.
The band are led by the
vocal talent that is Markus
Engelfried, who has a great voice for the band who comes across as a mix
between Andy Deris and Tobias Sammet and for me that’s a damn good
combination for this genre. The
album mixes great Metal guitars with some massive keyboards, all
interwoven with a thumping bass and drum section.
album gets underway in spectacular fashion with ‘Out Of The
Shadows’, a great opener which highlights the bands metal credentials
but also their melodic side, as the scything guitars of Rodrigo Blattert
and the battering ram drums and bass get this one started, then those
tremendous vocals of Engelfried come powering through to add the icing
to the cake.
band do have a couple of surprises on the album, the first of which is
the great cover of Tokyo’s “Tokyo”, which again shows their
melodic metal side and Engelfried's ability to bring it down when
needed. A great asset for a vocalist in this genre, power isn’t
everything but melody is.
of the tracks of the album has to be the glorious ‘Solomon’s
Dance’, again an all out power driven track which just rocks big
style. Then it's another slice of pure class ‘Once In My Dreams’, a
little more of a gentle ballad with the keys of Markus Bohr really
making this a real gem of track.
are picked up once more with another of my personal favourites ‘Pale
Moon Rider’, this one mixes some real classy keys with some fantastic
riffs, with the vocals again being one of the high points.
album continues to impress me as each track unfolds to reveal a great
mix of power and melody with ‘Stroke of Genius’ being just that.
‘Moonlight Calling’ is another great ballad, although it's the
wondrous tones of ‘Sign In The Sky’ that really hit the mark.
This top notch Symphonic rocker is just mind blowing although this
isn’t my favourite track of the album, no that is still to come.
track before my favourite is ‘The Princess’, a soar away melodic
metal master-class. The track that for me marks the true Saidian
sound is the final track ‘Halos For Everyone’, a track that has it
all, towering keys, great guitar licks, a chorus that is instantly sing
able and a powerhouse vocal, great stuff. What a great way to end
what is a rather special album and if you're into the likes of Avantasia,
Edguy, Helloween or Gamma Ray, then this one is for you. A new
generation of German Power Metal is about to take the world by storm and
it's name is Saidian.
1. Out Of The
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