German Power Metal act, Sinforce, want to offer a melodic epic of soaring power and ‘riffiolic’ metal to appease the lover of such with ‘Salvation Avenue’. Does it work? Opening with the barrage of insane, machine gun-driven beats on The Dream Collector, packed with lively solos that get a little lost in parts, you get the point on listening. The vocals take you by surprise but when the harmonies and chorus join in, all is right and the track is a relative joy. Crown of Thorns kicks things up a notch and delivers a more reined-in approach structurally with a better-rounded chorus and just a damn fine good song early in the album.
The opening saga of New World Rising opens with a thunderous attack before the train comes to calm on the verse and we are indulged with one of the more polished moments, the drums providing a tasty segway into the soar of the chorus. Title track, Salvation Avenue, continues the relentless theme of force 10 drumming and a more mid-range approach on the vocals that actually shows a side that makes this one of the stronger tracks on the album. On listening, you get the idea of what Sinforce is aspiring to get across. Victim of Time takes a better verse design that executes well, and the chorus comes in at just the right moment to make this track effective.
The straighter up offering of Fairy Tales sets a solid tone and packed with a punching verse that oozes metal in a smooth flow, backed by a well-timed chorus that shows promise and a memorable moment on an album that yearns for such. This style of music is no easy feat, and with an abundance of populace in European countries, Sinforce looks to make their mark and climb the metal mountain with the German flag waving high. The feel of the track here makes this statement a believable notion of sorts.
Digital Slaves takes the journey to an upstroke for the budding air guitarists of the universe and ticks the boxes for a fun and playful track that shreds nicely and rocks along with all the right bravado, without losing a beat and missing a step. The shred continues ever more on Serpents of Night, and armed with a higher vocal surprise in the chorus, one must wonder how the rest of the album would’ve faired with more of this. Nonetheless, this stands as a highlight for sure and the solo delivers with all the right shred to make this a standout.
The harmonic guitar assault on When Silence Remains soars and glides majestically in its opening before the beat of the verse takes things down to a cool tempo. The chorus, however, doesn’t quite match up. There are a lot of genuinely strong ideas executed throughout the album, but is it completely cohesive? Leave that to the listener and the passionate fans of Power Melodic Metal to decide. This track just felt a bit confusing, and while the solo is a momentous joy, the structure overall seems a tad confusing to wrap one’s head around. But, this not a deterrent, merely an opinion expressed upon listening.
The saga comes to a close with Let the World Explode. With a grand introduction, the verse kicks in and charges into battle with a fierce prevail, and it seems Sinforce have left the best for last, as this track rises to the top in a well-orchestrated symphony of ebb and flow. The epic close of this track is killer and ends the album on a high.
Two albums in for this band and you get a sense of where the band wants to take you, and to provide some quality ideas. But for the sake of opinion, it felt a slight bit confused in parts and all the pieces were there but not completely connected. Vocally, this album doesn’t quite hit the mark sadly, as the range is not quite there. Even though the climb is attempted, it doesn’t quite reach where it wants to go. Points for effort, but that will be the only allowance here, as there is not a whole lot that is memorable to take away in listening. ‘Salvation Avenue’ will appeal to the pure fans of the genre, and Sinforce delivers some goodness here, but perhaps this works in a very niche market.