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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Of all the bands that have graced the European metal scene over the last few years, France's Heavenly has been one of the bands I have taken a particular personal interest in.
While some people feel the band has yet to really stray from the true and tired conventions set forth by genre defining bands such as Helloween a statement that does bear some truth - let's be honest here , I was definitely expecting the bands next release after 's Dust to Dust to really help the band rise above and beyond such labels.
While the band manages to do this to an extent on Virus, it's obvious old conventions are extremely hard to break away from. The album starts off in the right direction, for the most part, with the first three offerings: "The Dark Memories," "Spill Blood On Fire" and "Virus".
While some of the songs musical transitions can seem rather awkward and jumpy at first especially to first time listeners eventually it seems less and less so with each listen. The energy of "The Dark Memories" carries over to the next track "Spill Blood On Fire," which more or less is the centerpiece of the album for a variety of important reasons.
The result is one of the best tunes the band has ever cranked out and gives them a viable airplay weapon; it is simply the most accessible song in the bands catalog at date. As strong as the first two tracks are, "Virus" is where the music begins to make its backwards slide.
What begins as a track with an infectious and intoxicating beat becomes rather standard when the initial rush energy is left behind during its progression.
Many of the following tracks such as "The Fury and Power" and "Bravery In The Field" share the same problem, except they're pretty standard from the outset - the later has a chorus that makes it sound like a left over from the bands album Sign of the Winner.
Considering this and tracks such as "Liberty" and "The Prince of the World", which narrowly escape the dreaded label of being "rehashed", indicates that band really hasn't progressed as much as the first few tracks would indicate.
Don't get me wrong - these tracks are far from horrible in fact "Prince of the World" is much better song than a single listen would indicate but are hardly any kind of answer for a band that needs to grow and breathe. The remaining two songs on the main album present the listener with guest vocalists Tony Kakko of Sonata Arctica and Tanja of Lullacry. Tanja's work on the duet "When The Rain Begins To Fall" is simply enchanting as she trades vocals back and fourth with Sotto in a beautifully constructed piece.
Oddly enough, none of the band members are credited with writing this little slice of heaven - something that becomes quite obvious when considering its stark difference to the rest of the material I'm almost convinced this album is worth owning for this track alone! Lullacry fans should be more inclined to purchase this album for Tanja's performance than those of Kakko and Sonata. In all honesty neither of these tracks are really worth your time or money unless your native tongue happens to be Japanese. The bottom line is most fans will be better off waiting for a domestic release in their own country than shelling out for the import.
Whether or not the "Spill Blood On Fire" video will see daylight on those releases has yet to be seen - here's to hoping! In closing, Virus itself is really a telltale example of a band taking a step forward and taking an equal step backwards.
While the album is hardly the "Euro metal juggernaut" I had envisioned it to be in my mind in fact my hopes where probably a bit TOO high , it is definitely one of the year's better releases - a year that has been rather dry as far as new Euro metal releases are concerned.
Most will better off waiting for one of their country's record labels to pick this up I, of course, was too impatient. Virus is definitely worth buying but not at an import price.
I keep coming back to listen to this album. The title track is simply infectious, although the back half is great as well. I'm usually skeptical of covers, but "When the Rain Begins to Fall" is one of my favorites on the album, despite not being familiar with the original.
This is the first power metal band I ever listened to and this album is amazing. This is the best album in my collection. I've been listening to music for years and I rate this as my 1 favorite album as a whole. Every single song on this album is memorable. It just doesn't get any better than this.
This is music you can't do without. Buy it right now! Honestly, this is one of the best power metal bands to spike in the early-to-mid s scene.
Took me a while to warm up to these guys for some reason. Heard "The Power and Fury" on Pandora a while back and fell in love but didn't get turned on to their other material until a few months ago.
This album is sort of uneven but it has a solid and unified tone and sense of style. Most of all, Benjamin Sotto's voice is the thing that sets this band apart even now 11 years later. He has this perfect blend of Axl Rose-meets-Matos. He hits those highs effortlessly and has two main inflections to his voice: normal singing voice and hair metal-esque belting screech. When he sings with the raspy grit in his voice, it stands as one of the most unique and impressive vocalists I've ever heard.
Of any genre. How this singer and Heavenly haven't gone to take over the world is something that bewilders me all the time. These guys deserve to be recorded in the annals of metal as one of the most effective, catchy, and talented acts out there. One person found this helpful. And beavers First off, Heavenly is what I consider a mix of Dragonforce and Angra. Excellent guitar work, high signing and very technical. Ben Sotto is very under appreciated- the man can sing, and has quite a wide range! There are a few guests on this album, most notably Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica fav.
Heavenly is not a Christian band, although they have more positive lyrics compared to others of the same genre. So freaky catchy, it's just a great song. Nice technoish start out, and a duet with Sotto and female vocalist Lainio beautiful voice. The lyrics are very nice too. Great stuff. I wasn't sure for months if I wanted this album or not. Give it a shot a a few spins so your brain can process it's goodness See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. Wobei ich schon sagen muss, dass mir das erste und das dritte am besten gefallen hat.
Virus hat nicht mehr ganz so viele Geschwindigkeitswechsel und auch Sottos unglaubliche Stimme kommt nicht mehr ganz so gut raus wie in Dust to Dust. Nichts desto trotz ist es ein absolut geniales Album!