Review – Heavenly: Carpe Diem

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Heavenly: Carpe Diem
Power Metal
AFM Records
December 18th, 2009
Release length: 45:15
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Heavenly is a Power Metal act based out of France with some pretty high acclaim backing up the band and their previous albums, with their releases climbing pretty hard in various charts in certain regions they were released. Carpe Diem is their fifth full length release, and if you never heard this band before, this is perhaps not quite the best way to be introduced the group. While still somewhat talented, Carpe Diem is a very commercial-sounding Power Metal release full of moments that will have even the most dedicated fan of the style laughing uncontrollably.

This one starts off rather weak with the title track, “Carpe Diem”, sounding really hollow, generic, and really lacking any sort of bite whatsoever to hold your attention. The tracks that follow just get progressively worse, and “Lost In Your Eyes” is a weak song as well that just abuses the traditional Power Metal falsetto singing vocal style by using a higher vocal pitch to the point where you are going to confuse the vocalist with a female, though I assure you, Ben (Benjamin) Sotto, is male. But that is still not the worst, as that’s up next on the laugh out loud outrageously cheesy and horrible “Farewell” which sounds like the band covering a song that came out of a Disney animated motion picture, or a weak Power Metal rendition of something out of the musical Annie. This downward progression is enough to make any listener shout “Enough already!” and take their copy immediately back to the retailer they bought it from, demand their money back, and then pursue a quest to smack each member of this band upside the head.

And you should! But, there’s some decent material that follows after these three tracks that close out the album on a higher note then what it started out with. While “Farewell” is not the only Disney/Queen/Meat Loaf musical orgy track on here, the band seems to put enough attention in the track “Fullmoon”, which does have a bit that “Carpe Diem” and “Lost In Your Eyes” lacks, and doesn’t quite sound as hollow as those two. That could also just be that you just suffered through three horrible songs, and it comes off as a relief to your now bleeding for all the wrong reason ears, but either way the song does have some strength behind it and is not all that. “Ashen Paradise” is also another stand out track, clearly focusing more on a Symphonic sound then a traditional Power Metal atmosphere, and utilizes some samples of sound effects from planes and explosions at certain points, but only momentarily, but throughout. “Save Our Souls” is also a pretty good track, being a little more restrained and harmonized vocally and not so fixated on Ben singing as high as humanly possible, as well as has a guitar solo that doesn’t sound hollow against some rather lame keyboards, closing out the album properly and makes you wonder if the start of this one was some sort of sick twisted practical joke.

For those who are heavily into this style of music, take this into consideration: Carpe Diem is the bastard life that was spawned by the genetic waste of an orgy including, but not limited to the falsetto vocal side of King Diamond, the epic symphony-like musical urge of later Rhapsody/Rhapsody Of Fire, Meat Loaf, the vocalist of Queen, Gamma Ray, Fairyland, and just about any children’s animated musical by Disney. While this release has only a handful of really impressive tracks, if even that many, it’s just a very bad and unique album. The musical score-like tracks “Farewell” and “A Better Me” sound professional, but the prior is, let’s face it, absolutely hysterical. There’s not much positive that can be said about this release, and even though it have some material that is worth checking out, it plays out like a confused musical with nothing that really matches each other and is even more diverse as a whole then one single Opeth song. If you can make it through the end, and have plenty of Tylenol to remedy the headache brought on by all this and the insanely annoying-over-a-short-amount-of-time vocals, you’ll see that the ending of this album does show some promise and goes from an absolute waste of time into something that just needed some time to pick up. Sadly, that time doesn’t kick in until near the end.


01. Carpe Diem – 4:50
02. Lost In Your Eyes – 3:48
03. Farewell – 5:02
04. Fullmoon – 4:57
05. A Better Me – 6:07
06. Ashen Paradise – 5:25
07. The Face Of The Truth – 5:54
08. Ode To Joy – 4:52
09. Save Our Souls – 4:20
Initial Pressing Score: 2.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by AFM Records.