EAGLEHEART – Dreamtherapy
Things going for this Czech Republic power metal band: great production and mentor expertise courtesy of Roland Grapow, ideal cover art and musical intuition to keep their sound within the parameters of the genre. Material like the speedy “Shades Of Nothing”, Iron Maiden-ish “Lost In The Dead End” and ballad “Nothing Remains” are firmly planted in the Helloween, early Edguy, Stratovarius vein.
The biggest strike against their second album “Dreamtherapy”? Vocalist Vojta Simonik- for all the soaring Kiske-like highs, his conventional mid-range is too raspy, too heavily accented, and sounds like Hansi from Blind Guardian going through puberty. Sad to say, but for many power heads if the vocals are weak, it doesn’t matter how exemplary the musical performance is- and Eagleheart will struggle to gain mass acceptance as a result.