Galneryus - Into The Purgatory



7.9 | 51 votes |
Release date: 23 October 2019
Style: Power metal

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7 have it
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01. Purgatoral Flame
02. My Hope Is Gone
03. Fighting Of Eternity
04. Glory
05. Never Again
06. The Followers
07. Come Back To Me Again
08. Remain Behind
09. The End Of The Line
10. Roaming In My Memory

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23.10.2019 - 19:27
Rating: 9
iMorphball
Sad to see even bands like Galneryus aren't safe from idiot rating-bombers. How the hell can anyone consider this to be a 3/10? The musicianship alone merits much higher than that.

Ah well.

Yet another great album. These guys are probably the most consistently great band I've ever had the joy of listening to. Favourites on this one are "My Hope Is Gone", "Glory", "Never Again", and "Come Back To Me Again". Not a fan of the ballad they put on this one, but, it's not bad.
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24.10.2019 - 00:59
Rating: 9
chomskeet
Written by iMorphball on 23.10.2019 at 19:27

Sad to see even bands like Galneryus aren't safe from idiot rating-bombers. How the hell can anyone consider this to be a 3/10? The musicianship alone merits much higher than that.

Ah well.

Yet another great album. These guys are probably the most consistently great band I've ever had the joy of listening to. Favourites on this one are "My Hope Is Gone", "Glory", "Never Again", and "Come Back To Me Again". Not a fan of the ballad they put on this one, but, it's not bad.


Agreed, I'm really tired of people review bombing just because it's not an overrated Finnish band or some form of black metal. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of Finnish bands and black metal but their fans seem to be the most common culprits (two different complexes; fanboyism and "my soul is blacker than yours"). Usually if I'm really not into a certain subgenre I just won't review it because I don't feel that it's fair to give a bad score on a subgenre I already don't like, just my two cents. I don't review most power metal because I hate it, however, Galneryus is the exception, they are amazing. Another fantastic release from them, as usual
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24.10.2019 - 06:10
Troy Killjoy
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Whereas the other day we had two complaints about a Teitanblood album's rating by people who didn't bother to give their own rating, today we have two people complaining about others rating an album too low when the lowest cast vote as of writing is a 6 and the overall score is 8.4...

AMG, Sputnik, and MetalKingdom all feature extremely favorable scores and reviews as well. Metal-Archives is full of reviews of their previous releases almost all scoring in the 90 percentile and this one will probably follow the same pattern. I don't understand the complaints in this thread.
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24.10.2019 - 16:21
Rating: 9
iMorphball
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.10.2019 at 06:10

Whereas the other day we had two complaints about a Teitanblood album's rating by people who didn't bother to give their own rating, today we have two people complaining about others rating an album too low when the lowest cast vote as of writing is a 6 and the overall score is 8.4...

AMG, Sputnik, and MetalKingdom all feature extremely favorable scores and reviews as well. Metal-Archives is full of reviews of their previous releases almost all scoring in the 90 percentile and this one will probably follow the same pattern. I don't understand the complaints in this thread.

Those people who were review bombing seem to have saw my initial comment. When I rated the album a 9, there were two other reviews of 9, one of 8, and two of 3. That's why my initial comment refers to a 3/10.
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24.10.2019 - 17:08
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by iMorphball on 24.10.2019 at 16:21

Those people who were review bombing seem to have saw my initial comment. When I rated the album a 9, there were two other reviews of 9, one of 8, and two of 3. That's why my initial comment refers to a 3/10.

Maybe someone with Mod abilities investigated and nuked some vote abusers or the comments shamed them into deleting them themselves. Either way, at least you guys can rest easy knowing this album is unaffected by low ratings.
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26.10.2019 - 07:10
Rating: 10
mikeprado30
No words are enough to praise this gem. Syu keeps doing beyond amazing music.
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27.10.2019 - 17:11
Rating: 9
iMorphball
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.10.2019 at 17:08

Written by iMorphball on 24.10.2019 at 16:21

Those people who were review bombing seem to have saw my initial comment. When I rated the album a 9, there were two other reviews of 9, one of 8, and two of 3. That's why my initial comment refers to a 3/10.

Maybe someone with Mod abilities investigated and nuked some vote abusers or the comments shamed them into deleting them themselves. Either way, at least you guys can rest easy knowing this album is unaffected by low ratings.

Might want to do another review. We passed the 20
mark and people seem upset to see the album in the top albums of 2019.
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27.10.2019 - 21:55
Rating: 10
mikeprado30
Music with no Cookie Monster on vocals is so victim of negative prejudices on this website
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28.10.2019 - 22:52
Rating: 9
Muzmuz
Don't you feel some Dream Theatre influence in some of the songs?
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01.11.2019 - 10:09
Rating: 5
TarannonFalastur
Can't help but notice how people actually complain about low ratings for whatever reason, yet nobody complains when this is getting higher ratings. This feels like some childish game of hispters trying to push up (or down) the ratings of an album just because they like it.

Anyway, there isn't much to praise here either, some interesting sections, the guitar solos are good but they get way too abused. If you want to keep the listener entertained with solos, then make sure you don't overuse them, otherwise it gets old pretty quick. There is an obvious focus on musicianship while neglecting songwriting, which is very typical of virtuoso power metal bands. The songs are overlong precisely because the guitar and the sometimes the keyboard needs to indulge into senseless wankery. This doesn't go over the top yet, as with Yngwie's solo band, which is why they are more bearable. Galneryus seems like a more metallized version of X Japan minus the Barry Manilow kind of ballad drudgery this band has been playing. Remain Behind is the only thing that comes close to the X Japan ballads and it obviously stinks. Sometimes fun to listen to, sometimes awfully cheesy, sometimes boring and too samey. Not for the lactose intolerant mind you. The singer emulates the X Japan vocalist perfectly though, even when he tries to sing in English which gets very comical. One advice for Japanese singers, if you are gonna sing English lyrics, make sure you growl or screech them, not sing them, unless you want to sound unintentionally funny. At least if you growl/scream them we can ignore them better. But when you sing them we can't help but laugh loud. Very loud. And stop combining English with Japanese words, sometimes in the same phrase. It is annoying. Or better yet, release these albums without vocals, only instrumentals. Not much of a fan of castrated PM singers.

I am also not too impressed of power metal versions of AC/DC, keen on dishing out the same album after album to please their fan-base. Stuck in a rut bands are not my taste, I like my metal more varied. You heard one Galneryus record, you kinda heard them all. Then again power metal has, 95% of the times, been about releasing the same album 236 times. The only difference is that some PM bands manage to be interesting and dish out a few good tracks now and then, even a few good albums overall, on rare occasions. So far, after 2 spins, the only song that somehow sticks out is the 4th one with an interesting section emerging from minute 18:00 to about 20:00, although I get a deja vu feeling about it. There are a few more entertaining sections in some other sections, but most of them emerge when the wankery is not present. And the obvious awful moments, such as in track 6. Had I been a guitar fetishist I probably would have rated this album even higher. Since I am not, and care more about songwriting and song structuring, this is mostly pedestrian music for me. Fun to listen to sometimes, gets old after a few songs and you start using the forward button, and very few memorable sections (and by memorable I do not mean comical, plenty of comic situations here). Give it 2-3 days and you will forget about it. Probably if you are still a teenager and you just started exploring this metal shtick, you might like this, or even be impressed by it. But once you get more experience with this genre and discover the truly great bands, you will quickly find this kind of music forgettable.
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01.11.2019 - 18:14
Rating: 10
mikeprado30
Well, very nice review of yours, TarannonFalastur. Just some things:

Everything is relative to the taste of the people. You could found a wankery of solos and stuff, but in my case (and I'm not alone on that) we found precisely in this work what we are looking on music. Also, what you argument about if you hear a Galneryus record you heard all, it can also be applied to many Death/Black Metal acts.

What people criticize here is not low ratings, but low ratings with no criteria at all (you know, the 3 or below ratings that come as meteors sometimes). However very well structured viewpoints like yours are always welcome, and are enjoyable to read (even for us people who enjoyed greatly this album). Anyway, musical viewpoints always will be subjective to the feelings and tastes of the listener.

¡Que tengas un buen día, chamo! STAY METAL!
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01.11.2019 - 19:55
Rating: 5
TarannonFalastur
Written by mikeprado30 on 01.11.2019 at 18:14

Well, very nice review of yours, TarannonFalastur. Just some things:

Everything is relative to the taste of the people. You could found a wankery of solos and stuff, but in my case (and I'm not alone on that) we found precisely in this work what we are looking on music. Also, what you argument about if you hear a Galneryus record you heard all, it can also be applied to many Death/Black Metal acts.

What people criticize here is not low ratings, but low ratings with no criteria at all (you know, the 3 or below ratings that come as meteors sometimes). However very well structured viewpoints like yours are always welcome, and are enjoyable to read (even for us people who enjoyed greatly this album). Anyway, musical viewpoints always will be subjective to the feelings and tastes of the listener.

¡Que tengas un buen día, chamo! STAY METAL!


Of course it is just my own 2 cents. However, this thing about giving low ratings, are you sure I wouldn't have been suspected of giving it without criteria if I haven't written this mini-review? I intended to give this a lower rating had it not been for track 4, which is solid.

I agree that a lot of death/black metal have the same issues. Particularly a lot of modern DM/BM bands who overuse blast beats, they get monotonous. Less is more. Same with this band. Had they focused more on songwriting and structuring songs properly and shorten them, it probably would have been better. As it is now, there is too much wanking going on. First 4 tracks are bearable, but after that it becomes old. The metal scene already has Yngwie and a few other self-centered egotistic lunatics that think music is all about them showing off their guitar skills as if they are having a sports competition. It doesn't need another one.

As there can be low ratings without criteria, there can also be high ratings without criteria. I honestly don't care about ratings that much. I like stuff that are both overrated and underrated, or properly rated at that. Good music usually stands the test of time, no matter how much hipsters try to down-rate it or up-rate it for their own pointless convenience.
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02.11.2019 - 02:12
Starvynth
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Written by mikeprado30 on 27.10.2019 at 21:55

Music with no Cookie Monster on vocals is so victim of negative prejudices on this website

Cookie Monster on vocals, Animal mutilating the drumkit, Grover and Oscar the Grouch handling bass and guitars? That sounds great to me, I can hardly imagine a better line-up to record their death metal interpretation of Master Of Puppets...

But what if Kermit, Miss Piggy, Scooter and Fozzie Bear would gather in the parallel puppet universe with the intention of founding a power metal band?
I don't know, but I just hope they will not ask a rag doll incarnation of Masatoshi "Sho" Ono to take over vocal duties. As to my ears, even Beaker's voice is less annoying and easier to stand than just 2 minutes of Galneryus.
And that's not a "negative prejudice" but just personal preference and the individual taste you referred to.

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What people criticize here is not low ratings, but low ratings with no criteria at all

My criteria is that I hate eunuch-like vocals just as much as you despise "Cookie Monster vocals". It's as easy as that.

But you are absolutely right - arbitrarily downvoting albums sucks supreme.
However, sometimes low ratings are just a backlash against unwarranted individual scores or the average rating. Because there are two sides of rating abuse.
After all, you've rated this album full score, 10 of 10, that's not just very good or excellent but perfect.

Citing the forum rules:
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10 means the album is a masterpiece, an album that changed the way we listen to music nowadays.

So far you've casted around 390 ratings and 80% of your album votes are 9s and 10s. You happen to know 143 masterpieces "that changed the way we listen to music"? That's great for you - but how comes that almost all of your acclaimed masterpieces are power metal albums?
Sorry, but it almost seems to me as if you're trying to inflate your favorite sub-genre by dumping ridiculously high ratings on each and any power metal release you've ever heard.

Seriously, it's way beyond me that you of all people are pretending to denounce rating abuse.
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02.11.2019 - 12:44
Rating: 5
TarannonFalastur
Written by Starvynth on 02.11.2019 at 02:12

But you are absolutely right - arbitrarily downvoting albums sucks supreme.
However, sometimes low ratings are just a backlash against unwarranted individual scores or the average rating. Because there are two sides of rating abuse.
After all, you've rated this album full score, 10 of 10, that's not just very good or excellent but perfect.

Citing the forum rules:
Quote:
10 means the album is a masterpiece, an album that changed the way we listen to music nowadays.

So far you've casted around 390 ratings and 80% of your album votes are 9s and 10s. You happen to know 143 masterpieces "that changed the way we listen to music"? That's great for you - but how comes that almost all of your acclaimed masterpieces are power metal albums?
Sorry, but it almost seems to me as if you're trying to inflate your favorite sub-genre by dumping ridiculously high ratings on each and any power metal release you've ever heard.

Seriously, it's way beyond me that you of all people are pretending to denounce rating abuse.


Nice description. I listened to a few albums from Galneryus, and if this one deserves a 10, so do the others. There is so little variation in their discography, it is like they simply copy-paste the whole power metal formula over and over again under a new package. Rather than down-voting albums without criteria, giving this a 10 is up-voting it without criteria. But it is always the haters that are accused and nuked, not the fan-boys.
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03.11.2019 - 22:31
Rating: 5
MeatWolf
Third album from the band that really doesn't do a thing for me. Glory and Never Again are quite alright but the rest is forgettable at best. When I play Resurrection of AoS after any of these I can't help but notice the huge difference in songwriting.
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06.11.2019 - 20:57
Rating: 9
iMorphball
Written by MeatWolf on 03.11.2019 at 22:31

Third album from the band that really doesn't do a thing for me. Glory and Never Again are quite alright but the rest is forgettable at best. When I play Resurrection of AoS after any of these I can't help but notice the huge difference in songwriting.

I think Resurrection is a great album as well, but AoS always struck me as one of their "weaker" records. While the songwriting is definitely different there, I can't say that it's "better" than what we have on this album.

What about AoS do you find better than what is on display here? Obviously the title track on AoS is incredible, but the rest is not their best stuff IMO. Curious to hear your viewpoint.
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08.11.2019 - 12:27
Rating: 5
MeatWolf
I understand the last albums were a bit more 'experimental' (as much as it can be for Galneryus) than usual but I don't approve of that. I mean, stuff like The Followers is absolutely not what I'd like to hear from the band.

AoS is packed with highlights, there's only that stupid Lonely as a Stranger song which smells Phoenix Rising, the rest is almost flawless. It's easily memorable, the tracks have great flow of melody, and on top of that there's that absolutely tear-shedding final instrumental.
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09.11.2019 - 06:41
Rating: 9
Muzmuz
I reallllly don't understand you all.
This album pushed me to relisten to this band, after a few years that I almost forgot them.
Excellent album! One of the best of 2019!!!
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