Where Is The Power, Where Is The Glory?
years ago, when power metal was not at its best and the big names of this style could not make the difference, Hibria
was the exception and the biggest surprise. Their first album Defying the Rules
was and still remains one of the best power metal dynamites. They were expected to be those who would change everything, but their new album Blind Ride
shows that this attempt was somehow blind. It seems to me that they lost something really important, the power.
is a metal album, but not a power metal one and this makes me feel sad because I like them. All the songs are strong and fast, but I can not regard them as power metal songs. The sound of the album is like the american one that metalcore bands have. Just listen to "Nonconforming minds", "Shoot me down" and "Blinded by faith", refrains without imagination and genereally songs that you will not remember after a week. The riff of "Welcome to the horror show" made me think different, but the rest song did not glad me. Apart from these not so good songs there some that are typical power like "Beyond
regrets of the past" and "Tough is the way", nice riffs and rhythmical refrains and the best song of the album is the only which is the bonus track "I'm gonna live till I die" from the japanese edition. Now you will wonder how a bonus track can be the best song of an album which contains ten songs, but this is only my opinion and nothing more, you may like it more than me.
Maybe the solos of Blind Ride
are great and we like them, but the whole attempt counts more and as one of their fans I'm telling what I feel. The style of the album is not the european power that they played on their previus albums not even U.S. power. Also I must add the fact that Iuri's voice has changed, he is not able to scream anymore and he is heard like Dave Mustaine in a heaviest edition.
Unfortunately all the big and promised bands have their not good moments and these moments make them think better and be focused and stronger the next time. The big names of power metal after some years will not exist and Hibria
are regarded to be the future of this style and they must support it. I am with them even in this moment and I hope that the next time they will be on a higher level!