LANFEAR - This Harmonic Consonance

Lanfear - This Harmonic Consonance

10 songs
60:15 minutes
***** ***
Pure Steel


German metal band Lanfear have been around for nearly two decades, and DisAgreement has been covering them since their first album… back then we were still a paper zine. While their demo and the first two albums Towers and Zero Poems could still be labelled progressive metal, the band decided to switch over to more traditional power metal with their three next albums.

Four years after their last longplayer X To The Power Of Ten, they are now back with their sixth CD The Harmonic Consonance, and it seems as if they have been returning to their roots. Once again they changed their record label and are now signed to Pure Steel where they apparently can work without any outside pressure. At first I expected Lanfear to continue their later and in my opinion less interesting route, but I was taught better quite fast.

The band doesn’t sound as intricate as in their early days, but they definitely are working in riskier territory this time. The first regular track Colours Of Chaos shows that the harder elements are not neglected. The song is powerfully produced and surges straight ahead. The symbiosis of progressive and power metal has turned out perfectly. One could even believe that Dream Theater and Vicious Rumors are playing together. The band has found a new vocalist in Nuno Fernandes who masters both normal and higher notes without a problem. The CD’s highlight is the eight minute long Idiopathic Discreation where the band is pulling out all the stops and is constantly surprising with new ideas. The following Camera Siens is another playful track that gives the album a certain freshness. Lanfear don’t manage to keep that level throughout the album. There are also some less spectacular tracks like The Reverand and I, Robot Sapiens, but these are fortunately exceptions to the rule.

Despite some failing success in the past, Lanfear have chosen the right turn with This Harmonic Consonance. The band is sounding professionally in every respect, and it is great to hear them return to their earlier, more progressive sound. Of course there is still some improvement possible, but that’s something they can do on the next album.

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