This is a review of another recording from Dragonhammer which continues the epic mixture of power and progressive metal from previous recordings with the album being called "Time For Expiation:" which was originally released in 2004 and will be re-issued on January 19th by My Kingdom Music with 3 bonus tracks.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album along with some spoken word parts and after the intro the music goes into more of a heavy and smyphonic musical direction along with some aggressive drums and clean singing power metal vocals while the synths also gives the music more of a progressive feeling.
You can hear a great amount of melody being mixed in with the heavy parts throughout the recording and at times there are some clean parts where the synths demonstrate their ability a bit more and the solos and leads the bands uses display a great amount of talent and skill and also add even more melody into the bands music style along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the tracks are long and epic in length and throughout the recording you can also hear a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses a couple of power ballads are added onto the recording while the main focus remains more on a very heavy style of power metal and there is also a brief use of death metal growls on one of the tracks while one of the later songs also brings in a small amount of whispers and they close the album with three bonus track the first being recorded in a studio while the last two where recorded live.
Dragonhammer remain true to an epic and progressive style of power metal on this recording along with a great balance between heaviness and melody, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover fantasy and life themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Dragonhammer and if you are a fan of power and progressive metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Eternal Sinner" "The Pages I Never Wrote" "Blind Justice" and "Time For Expiation". 8 out of 10.