Canada is not where you usually find such melodic power metal from, as Borealis really has that European timbre to their sound. After two very highly praised if not overly well known released over the past half dozen years, they come storming back with their third album. The music is definitely of the highest caliber as there is no doubt they really are able to craft some stellar atmospheric and emotive pieces and singer Matt Marinelli is able to really do an exquisite job on wringing the bluesy emotion out with his majestic voice here. When things get slow, the bluesier parts of his voice are on the fore, with a very Coverdale like quality to them, very cool indeed! Some of the music has a bit of a more modern flair than their prototypical European counterparts, but that is blended in well with the more traditional bent. The songs are very melodious and though the music is a bit light on the engaging guitar riffs and I wouldn’t mind seeing a bit more charge in the final product, it is still a very strong release that is backed with some mighty fine modern day production and it just has that nice professional sheen showing that these Canadians are ready to take things to the next level!
Choice Tracks – My Peace, Purgatory, From The Ashes, Sacrifice, The Chosen One