Sky Of Forever - 'Sky Of Forever'

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Sky Of Forever - 'Sky Of Forever'

Not the longest album in the world, but quality will always rule over quantity, and this delivers that attribute with something a little different.

Putting together a group of Finnish musicians with a variety of backgrounds ranging from a Tenor vocalist, the drummer from Stratovarius, the guitarist from Death Metal band Tracedawn and a pianist and orchestrator with a background in musical conducting doesn't sound like an obvious collaboration, but the end result is Sky Of Forever.

Though the slightly pretentious name certainly suggests Prog, any Progressive tendencies are kept to a bare minimum on this debut album in favour of a predominantly Melodic Rock approach. What sets SOF apart from many bands of a similar ilk is the occasional use of cinematic orchestration, something that under the "Rock" banner is normally reserved for Symphonic bands. The addition of the powerful Tenor vocals of Sky Of Forever's song-writer and guiding light Lauri Hannola adds a further dimension, his perfect diction at times bringing to mind Dream Theater's James LaBrie.



The orchestral element isn't overused throughout the album, though when it appears, it adds a certain extra potency to the rousing anthems 'Wild Heart', 'Divine' and the epic-sounding 'Sky Of Forever', while also incorporating a choral aspect on the beautifully arranged 'Vagabond'. Opener 'Carry On' (featuring a blistering guitar solo from former Kiss man Bruce Kulick) and 'Tomorrow' are more simplistic in their approach, though no less worthwhile, though the slightly Poppier (and certainly a little more commercial) 'One Of These Days' and 'Summer Rain' somehow make me think of a Rockier Savage Garden.

At only nine tracks it's not the longest album in the world, but quality will always rule over quantity, and this delivers that attribute with something a little different.

Ant Heeks

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