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Waterlines

Excalion

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Album Review

Even though it emerged quite unexpectedly out of the depths of central Finland (the rock & roll capital of the world in the early 2000s?), Excalion's Primal Exhale was a pretty accomplished first album; flawed only inasmuch as the young band's arrangements were so damn ambitious and complex for a bunch of rookies. So it is that their second CD, 2007's H2O-obsessed Waterlines, shows notable growth in terms of polishing those rough edges to a bright, sparkling gloss in a bid to emulate their compatriot heroes (Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, etc.). Defining new songs like "The Wingman," "Life on Fire" and "Arriving as the Dark" are sculpted little gems of majestic, melodic Euro-metal, and, with the exception of the more indulgent (but still damn fine) closing epic "Soaking Ground," the debut's regular bouts of showboating instrumental excess are now largely curbed for the benefit of each song's optimal delivery. As the band's chief songwriter and orchestrator, keyboardist Jarmo Myllyvirta spearheads this transition, only replicating the keyboard pyrotechnics so prevalent on the previous album on a few new songs (notably "Streams of Madness"); while his new six-string foil, Vesa Nupponen, quickly proves himself a team player, never begging for the spotlight despite being clearly gifted, based on his many solo runs. First album buyers will also note that semi-power ballads are on the rise ("Losing Time," "I Failed You," "Delta Sunrise") while out-and-out power metal juggernauts like "Ivory Tower" and "Between the Lines" are on the decline, which ultimately brings to light that the only thing that Waterlines lacks is a little more reckless passion — rock & roll's innate dynamic explosiveness and unpredictability which Excalion's tightly regimented discipline unfortunately keeps a bit too much in check. But, having now proved their songwriting maturity, it's perfectly logical that the band may come up with the best of both worlds for their third album.

Customer Reviews

Incredible...

Really worth it. The songs are all solid and they have great production values. You will want to charge straight at the enemy after you listen to this album.

btw...

forgot to mention it but I got the CD 9/22!!! Amazing... Life on Fire is leading my iTunes in most plays!

Good music

This group has three CDs
All are good but this one is their best
By far
iTunes needs too get their first cd

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Based in the central Finnish town of Konnevesi, where they first formed in the year 2000, Excalion is a power metal band whose lineup at the time of their first album, Primal Exhale, comprised vocalist Jarmo Pääkkönen, guitarists Kimmo Hänninen and Tero Vaaja, keyboardist Jarmo "Jappe" Myllyvirta, bassist Timo Sahlberg, and drummer Henri Pirkkalainen. Shortly after the album's release through Sound...
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