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Artist: Balance of Power
Length: 9 Tracks / 52:45
Label: Nightmare Records
This British band sounds so much like early Dream Theater (I mean even more than Vanden Plas does), I don’t know if I should give them massive bonus points for being able to so successfully emulate as proficient a band as Dream Theater or negative points simply for mimicking another band.
High, screaming vocals peak on choruses, bass and drums deliver a pronounced, punctuated beat (usually gripping the same chord), and keyboards and guitars mesmerize the listeners with repetitive orchestral riffs (often with a Middle Eastern influence like that of Fourth Estate) throughout Perfect Balance.
Decidedly unprogressive is the tempo of the album. Track after track is a hit. “Fire Dance” has one of those melodic 80s-metal choruses that remind me of Bloodgood. “House of Cain,” a song about drug abuse, gives the twist of spooky harmonies. I haven’t heard Balance of Power live, but my guess is that “One Voice” will be the fan-favorite. You headbang to speed guitar in the verses before the band breaks into the anthem:
There’s one small VoicePerfect Balance is Dream Theater for the air-guitarist. I confess I really enjoyed this album.
Dan Singleton 12/15/2002