Unisonic – Light Of Dawn (2014 SPOTLIGHT ALBUM) – Michael Kiske and Dennis Ward’s Unisonic project certainly made a name for itself in 2012 with their self-titled debut, so there was no doubt in my mind that this sophomore release was going to be just as good, if not better. The familiar characters are all here, like Gamma Ray axeman Kai Hansen and current Place Vendrome and live Krokus drummer, Kosta Zafiriou. Just as you might expect, all of these gentlemen deliver up a wonderful blast from the past in terms of power metal that has a certain timelessness to it. Light Of Dawn sounds like it was made many, many years ago – back when the world still embraced long haired rockers and not the electronic hip hop music of the current age. Just as in Place Vendrome, Kiske’s vocals deliver an antiquity of excellence, along with guitars that aren’t going to bash you over the head like DragonForce, for example. These guys know how to take it easy and focus on the music as a whole. Light Of Dawn literally teleports you right into the lyrics and melodies, feeling like a breath of fresh air in a genre that is so hefty populated with bands trying to figure who can be the fastest, heaviest and loudest. But that’s another thing about Unisonic that I like – it’s not a loud album. Sure, you can crank the volume up if you need to; but the record itself isn’t completely in your face. It demands more attention than what we get at face value from most albums. Some definite highlights for me on the record were “Exceptional 5:02”, “For The Kingdom 4:54” and “Night Of The Long Knives 5:02” without question, but I’ll definitely say that not one cut on this record was badly delivered and even the softer ballads were emotionally felt. To sum it up, I thoroughly enjoyed Light Of Dawn just as much as I enjoyed the band’s self-titled record, which should say more than enough to fans of Unisonic and classic power metal in general. Definitely recommended.
(12 Tracks, 54:00)