Strider - Gearheart - One Man's Path From Sorrow To Redemption
|Gearheart is definitely one of the most special records I have heard since a while. From all the reviews I have written so far, this is the one in which I have the most strongly mixed feelings about and this is the one for which I had to think longest about what I could write about it. Power metal is a style of music that is clogged up by similar bands. Actually you could split it into three; the American type of power metal which is quite close to heavy metal and sometimes also bordering with thrash, then you have the "standard" type of European power metal like Hammerfall and Edguy and then you have the Finnish type of keyboard oriented power metal like Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica. These three types easily cover over 95% of power metal. Yet there are also bands who step out of line and take the whole style to a new level. Strider is one of these bands.
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