Lancer are a quite young band from Sweden, which plays classic Power Metal. They released their first album 3 years ago, now they are back with “The Second Storm”, their – surprise, surprise! - second album. First of all, it´s the sound that stands out. It is very retro and reminds a lot of early Gamma Ray or Helloween. It´s, of course, a question of taste but I think that a more modern touch wouldn´t have done the sound any harm. Because of the reduced distortion on the guitars and the exaggerated use of reverb (especially on the vocals), a lot of power and directness got lost. Now, let us talk about the songs themselves: luckily, the songs are neither composed nor arranged by the numbers. Every song sounds different (different song structure, riffing, arrangement) but still, it´s clear that they all belong together. Even an almost 10 minute song, like Aton, does not sound constructed or protracted. However, in terms of songwriting, there is some room for improvement. After listening to the album multiple times, I still remember only very few parts. So next time, the guys should focus a bit more on their melodies and choruses and make them catchier. All in all, The Second Storm is a solid piece of work and whets my appetite for more from this band. If you´re into old school, German-style Heavy Metal, you should give it a try.
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