Land of Light

1. Excitare ad Lucem
2. Another Life
3. Guardians Of The Light
4. Sands Of Time
5. Lost In The Darkness Below
6. Test Of Time
7. Trail Of Tears
8. Where Reality Ends
9. From The Ashes
10. Answers In A Dream
11. Land Of Light

The cast:
Rick Altzi - vocals
Kristoffer Göbel - vocals
Todd Michael Hall - vocals
Yannis Papadopoulos - vocals
Vasilis Georgiou - vocals
Mina Giannopoulou - vocals
PelleK - vocals
Marit Minniva Børresen - vocals
Tommy ReinXeed Johansson - vocals
Rob Lundgren - vocals
Mathias Blad - vocals
Eli Prinsen - vocals
Bernt Fjellestad - vocals
Fabio Lione - vocals
Jonas Heidgert - vocals
Siegfried Samer - vocals
Frode Hovd - Guitar & Synths
Christer Harøy - Guitar
Roland Grapow - Guitars, backing vocals
Jimmy Hedlund - Guitar
Filip Kolus - Guitar
Linus Abrahamson - Guitar, Bass
Eskild Kløften - Guitars
Rayner Harøy - Bass
Filip Andel - Bass
Ciacomo Manfredi - Bass
Ronnie König - Bass
Mike LePond - Bass
Peter Danielsen - Synths
Mistheria - Synths, piano
Christian Palin - Synths
Gabriels - Synths
Stian Rødsjø - Synths
Paolo Campitelli - Synths
Peter Crowley - Synths
Uli Kusch - Drums
Andreas Nergård - Drums


Produced by Frode Hovd
Mixed by Roland Grapow at Grapow Studios
Mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios
Artwork by Stan W. Decker

Released 2017-03-24
Reviewed 2017-04-01

pride & joy

Frode Hovd known from the band Memorized Dreams has put together a power metal opera for which he has enlisted some well-known names from the metal scene. Aldaria is what he calls the project and the album Land of Light is a story about the battle between light and darkness, good and evil. The story concept is very classic concept and they music itself sounds a lot like what we heard in the early days of Avantasia. The album with the nice cover art has been mixed by Roland Grapow and mastered by Jacob Hansen, and with such many well know artist it should rival Avantasia and perhaps even my favourite power metal opera Aina. So lets see what happens when Hallowed takes a look at this land of light.

The musical analysis shows a fairly typical power metal album from the ranks of Helloween inspired artists, and I don’t think the concept is particularly apparent when I listen to this album. It is also not very obvious that it is an opera styled album as most vocalists sound too much alike, kind of the same thing that could be said about the first Avantasia album where it sounded like Tobias Sammet with some guest vocals. And this while Hovd doesn’t even sing on the album. And the album is long with an hour playing time and the songs are of the typical variation for an album of this genre – I don’t think that this album offers anything that we haven’t heard before, it is eerily familiar even the first time I hear it.

With this Aldaria album we get the same poppy and modern catchy power metal album that most bands heavily inspired by bands like Helloween offer. Good and catchy songs, strong vocals and good production are strong points of this album. But this album also suffers from the law of diminishing returns where you enlist a large number of competent people and still walk away with something that could have been made by using only five or six of them. There are many resources used to come up with the same thing as many other ordinary power metal bands come up with and at best this album rivals the worst albums made by Avantasia and are far from the best. I can’t help but thinking that Hovd tries to bite off more than he can chew, but when you aim for the moon and end up somewhere around the treetops you have at least made some progress and no one can argue away the fact that this is a good album.

Neither can they argue away the fact that with so much competence lending their skills to the album it should have been a lot better. The only time we really hear the promise of this project is in the great ending title track, the rest of the tracks are good but nothing that really stand out in the grand scheme of things. I would probably not have been disappointed if I had bought this album but thanks to having the fortune to hear it beforehand I know that I don’t have to buy it. Hovd and his Aldaria give us a strong power metal album, but it isn’t as special as I feel it should have been.




Label: Pride & Joy Music/GerMusica
Three similar bands: Avantasia/Helloween/Rhapsody
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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