If you are a lover of power metal then chances are you have been counting down the days until NorthTale drop their debut album Welcome To Paradise. This super-group made up of Bill Hudson (UDO Dirkschneider), Christian Eriksson (Twilight Force), Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen), Jimmy Pitts (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and Mikael Planefeldt (Streamline) have been teasing power metal fans with new music for months now and it is fairly obvious with just one listen to Welcome To Paradise they are certainly not going to be disappointed.
Welcome To Paradise is one of the most versatile album that you are going to listen to in 2019. There is no nook or cranny of the genre that the band leave untouched. Opening track ‘Welcome To Paradise’ sounds like it needs to be included on the soundtrack for some obscure cult sci-fi film. The track also showcases the amazing guitar skills of Bill Hudson and shows why so many people were excted about this release.
That is followed up by ‘Higher’ a track that sees the band return to a more traditional power metal sound, while Jimmy Pitts work on the keyboard takes the track to a whole new level. Hudson’s brilliant guitar work returns on ‘Follow Me’ while an epic smoothness creeps over the album with both ‘The Rhythm Of Life’ and ‘Time To Rise.’
One of the highlights of the album is the piano driven opening to the very beautiful ‘Way Of The Light’ which is closely followed by ‘Everyone’s A Star’ which see the band again deliver a traditional power metal track that is going to be lapped up by old-school fans of the genre.
NorthTale’s songwriting process comes to the fore with ‘Everyone’s A Star’ a song written from the perspective of a new father while musically it reaches a new height for the album. From here on in the album takes a turn to the side of brilliance. Christian Eriksson’s vocals on ‘Siren’s Fall’ are amazing while the high pitched scream on ‘Bring Down The Mountain’ has to be heard to be believed. This is one of the best tracks on the album, it is a pure power metal sound and so catchy you will be singing ‘If I said it once I’ve said it twice’ over and over. ‘Playing With Fire’ sees NorthTale again bring in that epic, traditional power metal sound while the emotional ‘If Angels Are Real’ shows a softer side to NorthTale’s songwriting ability. The album then closes with the beautiful ‘Even When’.
If you love power metal than NorthTale is going to be your new favourite band. The old school sound they create is pure music to the ears of true fans of the genre while at the same time there is a real freshness to a band that are well deserved of the hype that is around them.