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One of those unusual albums that actually seems to be less than the sum of its parts.

'Lust For Wonder' is the third release from Spanish Symphonic Power Metal act Döxa. Drawing from Symphonic and Melodic Metal, incorporating elements of Folk, New Age and Classical, citing influences including Dio and Epica, and featuring guest vocal appearances from David Readman (Pink Cream 69) and Ani M. Fojaco (Last Days Of Eden), on paper it's an excellent listen. However, it got me wondering, rather than lusting, as it's one of those unusual albums that actually seems to be less than the sum of its parts.

It's hard to work out why that should be the case. It's solid, competent and contains all the usual and expected elements and motifs of the genre. You can tick them off as you go – big sound, powerful guitars, nice piano intros, mixed male/female vocals, strong harmonies, occasional growls, Operatic backing and frequent attempts at pomp and grandeur. Yet for all the undoubted effect, it never really gets going or hits the heights. Not for me, anyway.

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Most of the tracks here have something going for them. I do like the opening melody of 'A Game Of You', the galloping intro of 'The Spring In You', the drama of 'Creole', the keyboard outro of 'The Stormseller', the keyboard/guitar interplay during 'Queen Of Spades', the solo section in 'Windlike', the folksy vocal vibe of 'Erin Go Bragh' and 'Hymn To The Ravenlord', and so on, but very few have the legs to deliver over their typically four or five minute run time. The stand out exception is 'Annabel Lee', a well-rounded track that gets the blend of edge, drama and melody just right. It's the best illustration here of the band's combined talent, and when they do get it right, they Rock. I'm also quite drawn to the more quirky and original-sounding Rock Opera tendencies of album closer 'A Fool's Tarantella', and can't help feeling that this is where the band's strengths lie.

There may be others, some within the 'Fireworks' team even, who think I'm being harsh, and I do feel a bit mean, but one has to speak as one finds. To these ears, this is an album that more often than not flatters to deceive. There, I've done my wondering and I'm off to do my lusting somewhere else.

Michael Anthony

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