When you are ten years young like the mighty Power Quest, anything is possible. Since starting back in 2001 this band have released so many amazing albums and made tens of thousands of fans all over the world. Now they are back with a rip roaring ride of pure heaviness, anxiety, speed and catchy rhythms, putting Blood Alliance in poll position to be one of Power Quest’s best releases to date. The world have been waiting for this to long, and now it is time to turn it up to 11 and feel the power metal fury with full force.
WIth "Blood Alliance," listeners can finally hear a power metal album without goblins, elves, dwarfs and other gimpy creatures out of the Lord of the Rings films. Blood Alliance addresses so many topics and problems we see in the everyday news, which shows a politically conseus group. Songs like "Rising Anew" address the negativity of the press against some metal bands, were as "Crunching the Numbers" is all about the current economical problems the world faces. Whether it is subliminally or jumping out of each song, Blood Alliance shows just how aware and caring Power Quest is towards current affairs.
Musically, you can never fault Power Quest. Blood Alliance provides an excellent and diverse array of hits to add to their back catalogue. There are so many shredding guitar solos and keyboard melodies crammed into this one album, it feels like a box of chocolates, you never know what you can expect. Songs like "Rising Anew", "Glorious" and "Survive" are by far the highlights of Blood Alliance. These tracks go back to Power Quest awesomeness; and deliver the most talented music I have ever heard, and the catchiest choruses and chant-alongs you can imagine.
What I found hard when playing this album was realizing that there was a new line-up to Power Quest. Steve Williams is the only original member left. In the place of Andrea Martongelli, Steve Scott and Alessio Garavello we are served up a fresh line-up of much younger rockers. Sure, they can put their magic onto the album and are exceptional musicians, but it will take time for Power Quest fans to adjust to this huge change.
Blood Alliance is only the beginning of the very young saga of Power Quest. This is only their sixth album; they are doing bloody well for themselves. Blood Alliance is a new leaf in the band's book showing the world just how power metal should be done.