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Intense - Second Sight

Label: Underground Symphony
Format: CD
Released: 2004
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Intense have surely taken all of the best parts from their influences and combined them into a strong disc of music without being accused of plagiarism. While listening you can hear all your favorite classic metal masters along with newer names like Iced Earth(Mat Barlow era) especially in the vocals.

"War of Angels" opening riff may remind some of early Flotsam and Jetsam (Doomsday period)and some parts can be in comparison to the American made Speed/Power Metal of Omen.  It a very forceful track utilizing driving riffs and soloing. "The Skull of Sidon" has "Piece of Mind" Maidenish leads, wow do certain bars bring me to that album, and the more obscure songs at that. In the same token changes in the tempo hits on Iced Earth a lot. I like how Intense have, and I don't know how conscious this decision was, blended the musical sounds of both the more known household names with the lesser obscure bands from the early 80's. This combination has made their music traditional and fresh to an extent.  It offers familiarity without trapping itself in a time warp.  A nice solid effort.
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