the herd, this band has nothing to envy the most adored ones; after
the second excellent album "Mind Revolution", licensed
by Hammerheart, here's their 3rd effort, surmounting all their previous
productions regarding every aspect, and being a CD you'll never get
sick of listening to.
Melodic-death and power-prog mixed with few occasional electronic breaks
as in "Cursed by Belief", make their sound interesting
and various yet never frayed. Imagine a powerful mix of early In Flames,
Edge of Sanity and old Dream Theater, energized by screams between death
and black metal, a cascade of powerful riffs alternated with elegant
I think Children of Bodom had really better start working their ass
out before these competitors dethrone them, as Skyfire really have nothing
out of order or missing. First they were promises, now they've confirmed
their class and skill in songwriting, performing and besides the recording
is clear and massive as needed and special care has been given the overdubbed
vocals too as in "Shadow Creator". That's why "Spectral"
can be defined as an over-average record undoubtely, fresh and recommended
to even the most demanding extreme and power metal fans.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 12/6/04