DAMNATION ANGELS – The Valiant Fire
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 08-06-2015
The second studio album "The Valiant Fire" from UK symphonic power metal act Damnation Angels is ideal for those who love Kamelot, Nightwish, and Epica for certain. The band continue to balance out their heavy guitar passages with this darker, keyboard orchestration that sets up songs like "Finding Requiem" and "Everlasting" in this sweeping, cinematic meets emotionally moving platform. Per Fredrick (PelleK to most) has a magical, four octave plus range that captivates and elevates the material to even more celestial heights – you won’t find many in the business who can be commercially viable for "Icarus Syndrome" one minute and then versatile in texture for the epic 9:26 "The Frontiersman".
Since the album’s release, Per has stepped down as a vocalist- so we shall see what directional changes take place once Damnation Angels secure a new singer. In the meantime, "The Valiant Fire" is on par with "Bringer of Light" in terms of quality, so do not let the shifts dissuade you.