December 5, 2011
1990 started the American Lance King record label Nightmare because he could make out the music with his former group Gemini. Since then he has been singing about fairy tales, myths and conspiracies in various power metal and prog metal band Avian, Pyra Maze and Balance Of Power. In the period to 11 November, the King, wrapped in a crowd, a theme around 11:11-symbolism and set to music it with melodic technical metal with good variety.
Stylistically, it extends from the catchy metal in Edguystil to a keyhole-marked version of the Redemption. King's voice spans a wide range and covers both easy whiny and nasally, soft and smooth as deep and powerful, always with one foot on an opera stage. At times, I actually feel that "A Moment in Chiro" is set to music cv in hopes of Kamelot or something similar will take preference. And why not? The album's first half shows that the King has the potential for greater context while the second shows that he needs help with implementation.
6/10 Jukka Paananen