A Place In Existence

Written by: PP on 27/09/2015 00:48:39

"We are the greatest, the finest, the world has ever seen", Copenhagen-based power metal band Downfall sings on "Lights Out" on their debut album "A Place In Existence" in a line that's probably a reference to some fantasy adventure but is comical enough to mention in this review for it's contradictory stance to the band's music. Because otherwise, the only right way to describe the album is as amateurish power metal with a flat, nothing saying production.

With a desire to change absolutely nothing about the genre but without the flair to deliver a product capable of standing in good light against the genre greats, Downfall sound pretty much like... well, take your pick. It's not like there's much of a stylistic difference between the vast majority of power metal bands unless we're talking Helloween / Gamma Ray / Dragonforce or something. But here, the band's slavish pursuance of textbook power metal is both boring and uninspiring. They have a few decent melodies here and there - "Mutual Demise" strikes out among others - but if you've ever turned your ears towards the central European power metal scene, you'll find nothing that hasn't been done much better elsewhere.

As such, "A Place In Existence" is only really for power metal fanatics (Søren Blastbeast, I'm looking at you), the rest of us have moved on from the style that has seen no original ideas in two decades a long ago.

Download: Lights Out, Mutual Demise
For the fans of: Sonata Arctica, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Virgin Steele
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Release date 17.04.2015

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