• 6.5/10
    STARING INTO NOTHING - Power - 6.5/10


Antares Records
November 3, 2017

User Review
8/10 (1 vote)

With refreshingly literal lyrics, top-shelf production, and instrumental performances that take aim at the genre’s best, Power from Staring Into Nothing is a sobering dose of 70’s inspired, Melodic Rock.

Featuring themes that are mostly political in nature, the tracks on Power seem to stem from a deep distrust and open bitterness towards government and the social contract at large. The lyrics are delivered in a strikingly straight-forward manner and leave little room for imagination. While some listeners may be put off by the lack of lyrical poetry, these songs are so well delivered that the performances themselves have an irresistible vibe to them.

Sound wise, flavors of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Avantasia, and other heavily melodic, contemplative acts can be found here in abundant supply. Tracks like “Puritans” and “Heads Or Tails” feature richly layered choruses with a fresh sounding mix of male and female vocals. Although the overall album has more than one lead vocalist, the voices compliment each other well and the changes in the lead vocal never seem startling or abrasive.

Even though they may need to wash their ears with some Power Metal escapism when they’re done listening, fans of Melodic Rock with a progressive, political flair will enjoy Power, thanks to it’s high production values, consistency, and raw, unapologetic directness.


  • Maxxxwell Carlisle

    Maxxxwell was a reviewer and the host of The Maxed Out Metal Hour here on Metal Express Radio. He is the current lead guitarist for LA based metal veterans Hellion. In addition to his ongoing role in Hellion, he has also released 5 albums as a solo artist and appeared as a guest writer and soloist on Michael Angelo Batio's Intermezzo album, named one of the Top 5 shred albums of 2014 by Guitar World Magazine. He continues to collaborate with various Metal musicians and teaches guitar technique and Metal composition via Skype. Additionally, he is a former competitive bodybuilder and enjoys a lifestyle based around health, fitness and Metal.

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