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Album Review

As heavy metal bands assembled from assorted spare parts go (i.e. musicians drawn from numerous bands), Germany/Sweden's Ride the Sky is bound to cause more confusion and potential frustration than most. Although the group was founded by former Helloween drummer Uli Kusch, and even named after one of the German power metal kings' famed early songs, most fans are aware that said song was recorded nearly a decade before Kusch's addition to that band — a fact which may explain why Ride the Sky's first album, 2007's New Protection, only occasionally resembles strictly defined power metal (see energetic numbers like "Break the Chain," "Far Beyond the Stars," and "A Crack in the Wall"). Rather, and for the most part, synth-heavy material such as "A Smile from Heaven's Eye," "Endless," "Heaven Only Knows," and the title cut, would be better defined as catchy, melodic, commercial Euro-metal; more preoccupied with tight composition, poppy hooks, and distinctive choruses than metallic aggression or flashy musicianship. Ride the Sky also delve into some synthetic orchestral passages midway through "Corroded Dreams," and reveal their Swedish-ness in the intro to "The End of Days," which has a neo-classical flavor, à la Yngwie Malmsteen. In closing, heavier-leaning metal fans may also take issue with New Protection's sparkly-clean recording (so clean, Kusch's drums sound synthetic at times), but they'd be missing the point entirely in terms of Ride the Sky's obvious, intended inclinations toward performing an efficient, accessible mixture of hard rock and metal. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]

Customer Reviews

An Overall Great Album.

Being a huge power metal fan I began to see a large repitition in the material being played in bands like Power Quest and so on. But Ride the Sky is completely different. They combine their power metal feel with progressive touches which is ingenious in my opinion because now I can listen to the songs on this cd and never get bored of them. I really love this album because they combine so many different elements into their music. They even sound like Queen at times in the song "A Smile from Heaven's Eye". You can also hear a huge Masterplan influence in this band which is great touch. This is a very strong album. No songs are worth skipping. But if I had to list my three favourite songs on this album I would have to say...Corroded Dreams - Far Beyond the Stars - A Crack in the Wall. Just buy the whole album though. It's worth it.


Honestly, Ride The Sky is not like other power metal bands. They don't just touch power and that's, I mean that they have heavy metal influences and progressive touches, which only some bands do. Also, we feel that they did their best for this album

Pour ceux qui ne comprennent rien à l'anglais, j'ai écrit que Ride The Sky n'est pas juste un groupe de power metal. Ils font autre chose que du power, ils y mélangent du heavy avec quelques touches progressives, ce qye peu de groupes font. Aussi, on sent qu'ils y ont mis du coeur, ce qui paraît dans leur disque, qui est très bon, soit dit en passant.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Ride the Sky is a European heavy metal band founded by well-traveled German drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween, Sinner, Gamma Ray, Holy Moses, etc.) following his exit from most recent day job, Masterplan, in 2006. After meeting Swedish musicians Bjorn Jansson (vocals) and Benny Jansson (guitar), and contributing some drum tracks to an album by their band, Tears of Anger, Kusch convinced them to collaborate on the newly hatched Ride the Sky, resulting in a debut CD entitled New Protection. This was...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Sep 11, 2007

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