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Heartily recommended to those of you who have purchased albums by the likes of Hammerfall, Gamma Ray, Dream Evil and Freedom Call.

Up to this point, there has been relatively few melodic rock or metal bands to have successfully penetrated the international scene from their Greek homeland. Firewind is, of course, a notable exception and now with this, their fourth (fifth, if a split CD with the band Reflection in 2000 is included) release, Athens-based Inner Wish appear to be set to follow their compatriots lead.

The first incarnation of the band dates back to 1995, but it was some three years later that debut album ‘Waiting For The Dawn’ appeared. Only guitarists Thimios Krikos and Manolis Tsigkos remain from the sextet that recorded this debut whilst at the time of their most recent previous release in 2006 (‘Inner Strength’) the band (by then a quintet) included all of the present members, with the exception of keyboards maestro George Georgiou, who joined in May 2007. As I have discovered from a recent purchase, ‘Inner Strength’ was a fabulous melodic power metal album and the band has further developed their sound for ‘No Turning Back’ and in particular they have upped the “oooomph” quotient. On nine of the twelve songs they have focused upon a combination of immense vocal arrangements complete with passionate, memorable choruses and catchy hooks with energy-laden guitar solos and bombastic riffs and a ferocious rhythm section that takes no prisoners whatsoever! Listen to the likes of ‘Save Us’, Last Breath’ and ‘Lawmaker’ if you need confirmation. Two of the exceptions are ‘Kingdom Of The Prime’, which at just over seven minutes is by far the longest track, and concluding song ‘Live For My Own’. The former has a rather bleak feel to it, starting with a middle eastern motif and a slow, doom-laden beat, it is quite unlike anything else I have heard by the band being narrative in structure and lyrically imposing. The latter features a plaintive piano introduction and accompaniment to an emotional ballad where vocalist Babis Alexandropoulos turns in a stunning performance!

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This is quite a different album from ‘Inner Strength’ but is one that complements it superbly and adds to an impressive canon for live performance. It comes heartily recommended to those of you who have purchased albums by the likes of Hammerfall, Gamma Ray, Dream Evil and Freedom Call and is able to hold its head high in the company of such stalwarts of the genre. Very impressive!

Paul Jerome Smith

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