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POWERQUEST Reissues Majestic Rock (2007)

These two Powerquest albums on Majestic get a good reworking, the band formed out of Dragon Heart / Dragon Forvce.

The 2002 debut Wings Of Forever kicks off in fine kicks off mixing melodic power metal with pomp and a touch of AOR done metal style (nodding at hair metal). Yes it's good, thoroughly enjoyable if a little samey.

The melodic speed metal areas (especially Sacred Land) are reminiscent of both Freedom Call and Rhapsody, and a hint of Magnum at the fast/heavy end. Operatic vocal harmonies add to the pomp and fit in well. ****

Power Quest

2003/4's Neverworld (Europe was a year after Japan) follows in similar in similar fashion. Some great melodies, and vocal harmonies too, and the slower tracks change the pace well.

Guitarist Sam Totman is not the only musician to be known to Dragon Force fans. There are a couple of prog metal moments in there too, and the vocals are not too dissimilar to Jon Anderson.

Lots of blistering guitar solos, the twin guitar and keyboard mix working well, with riffs heavy in places. ****

Both CDs come with notes from the band members and expanded by a DVD second disc. Sadly the notes are short on original album info.

Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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