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Well, these guys from Konnevesi haven't exactly reinvented Finnish powermetal. You are too often reminded of Stratovarius etc. In spite of that (or maybe because of that) "Primal Exhale" is a very good album. Of course there's not really anything we haven't heard before, the Timo Kotipelto-like voice, the Sonata Arctica-type keyboards, they all sound quite familiar, but it's still an achievement to reach such a level. Besides that, some of the songs on this album definitely have hit-potential, like for instance the second track (very catchy), „A moment in the spotlight“. Well, there are also a few less interesting songs, like the ballad „Heart & Home“, still the production is very good and all in all it's very hard to believe that this is only their debut album. But it really is Excalion's first album and a damn good one at that. Listening tips: „My Legacy“, „A Moment In The Spotlight“.
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