Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath

Published Tuesday 14th July 2009
Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath
Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 80694-15473
LABEL: Ulterium

Reviewed by Peter John Willoughby

Harmony was formed back in 2000 in Sweden by guitarist Markus Sigfridsson and drummer Tobias Enbert, who were later joined by Henrik Båth on vocals. Their debut album 'Dreaming Awake' was released in 2003 on Massacre Records. During this time Harmony not only played shows in their native Sweden, but also in Norway and Finland. Most of the band members are also in another progressive metal band called Darkwater. After a five year break Harmony have returned with their new album. The line-up of Henrik Båth (vocals), Markus Sigfridsson (guitar) and Tobias Enbert (drums) is completed by the addition of Magnus Holmberg (keyboards) and Kristoffer Gildenlöw (bass). The album was mixed by Pelle Saether (ACT, Skyfire) and mastered by Göran Finnberg (In Flames, Dark Tranquility). Kicking of with "Prevail" where the chorus declares "In the presence of our enemies/We will prevail/Through darkness and tribulation/We still remain". The songs are heavier and faster than their debut, but they retain the symphonic power metal elements. There are guest vocals by Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon, Heed) on the track "Inner Peace" where they pull out all the stops. The track weighs in at six minutes and contains vocal harmonies and an epic instrumental section that starts with keyboard, then rhythm guitar before breaking out into a rapid-fire guitar solo. They describe themselves as a mixture of Yngwie Malmsteen, Kamelot and Nocturnal Rites, but you can also hear Symphony X and Hammerfall in there.

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