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At Vance: Ride the Sky
Power Metal
AFM Records
September 18th, 2009
Release length: 48:22
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In 2007, At Vance became widely known due to a lawsuit involving a copyright violation due to a song on their then release VII. It seems that the suit did not really put much of a stop on the band since it’s about two years later, and we now have the band’s eighth full length effort, Ride The Sky. For fans of the band, this is another one of their traditional releases with nothing too out of the ordinary on it. This would be fine if some of the tracks on here weren’t so traditional in the first place.

It all starts off well within the first few tracks. “Ride The Sky” is a fantastic mid-paced track with some beauty in the music around the bridges to the chorus, as well as the chorus itself. “Last In Line”, however, is the real gem of the album having some phenomenal music that really shows the talent that At Vance possesses, having the same kind of beauty to it that “Ride The Sky” had, and one hell of a catchy chorus with a vocal performance that will be lodged in your brain for days. “Wishing Well” stands well on it’s own too, coming off more as a Hard Rock ballad with some heavier guitar distortion then anything. But after, and even during, that little set of songs, Ride The Sky starts to go downhill a bit.

While the rest of the album does have some good material, like the classical-based instrumental “Vivaldi – Summer 2nd Set”, much of it just gets rather boring and repetative of what you heard at the start of the album, with exception to “Torn – Burning Like Fire” since it did start the album off and really wasn’t that great to begin with. After that, the material on here isn’t anything really special. “Power” is the only one that really shines through because of how heavy it is, but it’s practically the same song and structure as “Ride The Sky” and “Last In Line”. Sadly the release doesn’t really pick up until “Fallin'”, a slower paced anthem-like track that, like “Wishing Well” brings in some Hard Rock elements to the music.

Ride The Sky has the potential to be something good, but much of the album just sounds like other tracks on here, structurally or musically, and will either bore you or give you nostalgia of five to ten minutes earlier. There’s a couple good tracks on here, but too many tracks that really aren’t that good, and that’s the downer. If some of them had a little more attention they would have been great. Had the track “Torn – Burning Like Fire” had more detail to it like the Free cover song “Wishing Well”, had “Farewell” had drums that didn’t sound too fluid, had “Fallin'” sounded less like the song “Shiver” off Vii at times, perhaps the this album would have been something worth your attention a little more.

01. Ride The Sky – 3:31
02. Torn – Burning Like Fire – 4:40
03. Last In Line – 4:32
04. Wishing Well (Free Cover) – 3:313
05. Salvation Day – 4:25
06. Vivaldi – Summer 2nd Set (Instrumental) – 3:45
07. Power – 3:35
08. You And I – 5:23
09. End Of Days – 3:31
10. Fallin’ – 6:13
11. Farewell – 5:38
Overall Score: 4/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by AFM Records via Earsplit PR.