Reïnxeed - 2012 - Welcome to the theater
1. Welcome (Intro)
2. Life will find a way
3. Follow me
4. Save us
5. Stranger tides
6. Somewhere in time
8. No fate
9. Temple of the crystal skulls
10. Welcome to the theater
What started out as a personal project by the young and unknown songwriter/vocalist/producer/ multi-instrumentalist Tommy Johansson, has turned into a consistent euro power metal band that has released 5 albums since 2008!
That’s pretty impressive don’t you think ? Especially, if you keep in mind that Tommy has played in three other bands (PelleK, Golden Resurrection, Charlie Shred) besides ReinXeed and has recorded and produced quite a few albums during the past five years. If all went ahead as scheduled then three of these recordings came out last month. This young Swede is without a doubt a very talented guy.
The new ReinXeed album was inspired by several movies and other works of the big screen while the band's brand of Euro power metal owes a lot to Helloween (Keepers era), Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Angra, Gamma Ray, Rhapsody, Avantasia and Freedom Call.
The emphasis is on power rather than on making things as heavy as possible, with fast guitars & tempos that are mixed up with piles of symphonic and few cinematic & epic elements.
The album opens in a rather serious manner with a short intro called "Welcome", but as soon as it comes to an end we are greeted by one of the album's finest moments "Life Will Find A Way" which truly allows singer Tommy ReinXeed's voice to shine.
The next two tracks, "Follow Me" and "Save Us", lack the necessary bite and their only memorable parts are the cinematic beginnings.
The lyrics for "Save Us" are clearly inspired by superhero flicks. The song starts with the unnerving melody taken straight out of "Requiem for a Dream"."
Much better is the atmospheric "Pirates of the Caribbean-homage" "Stranger Tides" or the heavier track "No Fate".
"Freedom", on which Steel Attack's Ronny Hemlin shares vocals with Tommy definitely belongs to the album's finest moments.
The Indiana Jones anthem "Temple of the Crystal Skulls" on the other hand sounds suspiciously like a lost Rhapsody of Fire track.
The album closes with the catchy and unpretentious title track.
On the whole "Welcome To The Theater" is a decent album that all Euro power metal freaks will like as it has all the elements that make this genre so beloved by millions of fans around the world !!
Tommy ReinXeed – Vocals, guitars, keyboards & orchestration
Calle Sundberg– Lead guitars & backing vocals
Nic Steel– Bass & backing vocals
Alfred Fridhagen– Drums
Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 June 2012 18:25)