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An album which ticks the sonic appreciation box, and will have a real appeal to fans of Classic Hard Rock.

A band whose origins stretch back to 1992 can now proudly boast of "finally" producing their first album; progressing from a swords and sorcery, fantasy lyric-based band (how could they be anything else with their name) into one which has both feet firmly planted in the melodic Power Metal field, and one whose themes now lie in more contemporary issues and global topics.

There are plenty of Classic Rock, Prog Metal and darker Metal influences amongst this five-piece, who make an immediate mark with 'Fight'. Lulled in by a staggered and swaggering opening, it develops into a melodic showcase for the twin guitar pairing of Arnd Kohn and Tommi Korndorfer, all contained in a suitably stomping chorus and fist-clenching bravado. One thing which makes an immediate impact is the fact that the album sounds fabulous. It's really full and chunky, well-mixed and really does justice to the material – a pat on the back to Andre Hofmann! It soon becomes apparent that the general feel of the songs on the album is that they fit what might be termed "anthemic"; generously punctuated with Richie Sambora-styled guitar squeals, and probably reaching a peak with the sing-along chorus of 'Seven Sins', perhaps the album's "token lighter moment" with its stop-start rhythm, yet still what you'd label as infectious.

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Not that CNC are one trick ponies; they are bold enough to let the songs run their course, be it three and a half minutes or into extended workouts. 'Confessions' is a seven minute plus journey through an atmospheric middle section with a protracted instrumental break, all combining to tick the Prog Metal box. 'Desert Rain' opens in more restrained fashion, before the more familiar dynamism kicks in and you're back in the comfortable Chalice 'N Crown zone. It has to be said that they have a knack for churning out songs with seductive hooks and coating them with a Hard Rock glaze.

This is a band who have gone through their fair share of line-up changes and experimentation – even Female-Fronted at one stage – but have settled into a solid unit. While it might not be particularly unique, what they do is take the basic and do it well. 'Confessions' turns out to be an album which ticks the sonic appreciation box, and will have a real appeal to fans of Classic Hard Rock looking for someone new to come along and grace the genre.

Mike Ainscoe

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