At Vance - 2012 - Facing your enemy
1. Heaven Is Calling
2. Facing Your Enemy
3. Eyes of a Stranger
4. Fear No Evil
5. Live and Learn
6. Don't Dream
7. See Me Crying
10. March of the Dwarf
11. Fame and Fortune
12. Things I Never Needed
Whether it's due to a tight and wonderful understanding in the line-up or the fact that singer Rick Altzi once again comes to the fore-front on this record remains unclear but AT VANCE, led by guitar magician and composer Olaf Lenk, has once again gone beyond its calling and produced an extremely strong record with “Facing Your Enemy. Hell, I would even go as far as calling this newie a master piece, one that on the whole possibly eclipses great moments like “The Evil In You” or “Only Human”.
Of course, your ears get treated to many neo-classical influenced showpieces cause these guys are like no other band when it comes to delivering guitar wizardry but there's also something
new in the shape of the ballad "Things I Never Needed" where mister Lenk himself takes over the vocal duties and proves that he has a mean set of pipes to compliment his fingers.
Not to take anything away from singer Rick Altzi, who once again does a stunning job but it’s a definite moment where At Vance show that they are moving forward. Altzi has never sounded more powerful and expressive and "Facing Your Enemy" truly has become exactly what the fans want.
People who love the neoclassical metal sound will be more than happy with what's on offer here.
In my humble opinion this could turn out to be one of the best releases in the whole career of the group cause It has all the elements that a melodic/neoclassical metal album requires: great melodies, lead guitar and solo parts that are played in such a sophisticated way that they give the composition more depth and of course a passionate interpretation of the lyrics by the singer Rick Altzi.
The album really covers a range of emotions and offers the often much missed variety. So you can hear songs in the heavy/power metal as well as tunes in the hard rock mould.
Some of the songs that deserve an extra mention are “Fear No Evil”, “See Me Crying”, “Tokyo”, “Saviour” and “March of the Dwarf”
Well, I don't think there's anything more to add, except that “Facing your Enemy” is an album that not only the fans of the band will enjoy but also people who love neoclassical heavy metal music.
Rick Altzi - Vocals
Olaf Lenk - Guitars/Keyboards
Chris Hill - Bass
Casey Grillo - Drums - studio
Tim Breideband - Drums - live
Last Updated (Monday, 23 April 2012 17:13)