(8/10) The other day I received an album from a band that I haven't expected. Swedish Narnia are back with a new album, simply named "Narnia". Seven years after "Course of a Generation" this new album came a bit out of leftfield.
It was in 2010 when CJ Grimmark announced the end of Narnia which closed a successful career of this melodic metal band from Jöngköping, Sweden. Some signs of life could be recognized in 2013 when the Grimmark and singer Christian Liljegren started to discuss a reunion. Obviously the guys had good discussions since they began working on "Narnia", the 7th album that is now available in the record shops.
The start into this new longplayer is a well chosen one. It combines Narnia's power with well-done melodies and a sense for some progressive sound structures.
"I Still Believe" belongs to the more mainstream tracks which is OK but not rocket science. Things stay melodic but with a darker vibe. "On the Highest Mountain" comes with a big chorus which is the treat of this slower paced anthem.
There is a ballad on the album too. "Thank You" is the name and it's an OK one. I could have lived without it but there is worse stuff around when it comes to ballads.
Good that Narnia added with "One Way to the Promised Land" and "Messengers" two energizers to the tracklist, following the silent sounds of "Thank You".
Two hlighlights are closing this exciting comeback album. "Moving On", a dynamic metal song with a lot of drive, and the melodic but heavy "Set the World On Fire" belong to the best Narnia has released for quite a while.
"Narnia" presents the Swedes in good shape and form. It feels like the guys became hungry again and are ready to take a bigger piece of the the metal cake.
- Reaching For The Top
- I Still Believe
- On The Highest Mountain
- Thank you
- One Way To The Promised Land
- Who Do you Follow?
- Moving On
- Set The World On Fire
Label: Narnia Songs
Genre: Melodic Metal
Release Date EU: September 16th, 2016