The album starts off with yet another 1-2 minute intro, which has been abundant in metal recordings for the past 1 1/2 decades or so, whether it's a new band or a new album from an old band. This intro gives the listener an instrumental taste of the old-school music to come accompanied by the sound of the album title: waves crashing on rocks. Afterwards, the title track kicks in, which contains the cornerstones of the rest of the album without being too similar; this is a plus for me.
This being a power metal band from Italy, one might expect Silverbones to regurgitate Rhapsody of Fire's keyboard-heavy symphony that, especially as of late, has all but forgotten to utilize metal music in some way. This is not the case, as this band delivers the nostalgic euphony of old Hammerfall or Gamma Ray, powerful yet just melodic enough to distinguish from 80's thrash. That being said, vocalist/guitarist Marco Salvador's distinct Italian accent gives a certain flavor to the music that actually enhances it.
The album cover is more visually interesting than those of most albums that I have reviewed. Most of the track lengths don't differ by much, apart from the intro track and the fourth song, "Queen Anne's Revenge", and fall into the 4-5 minute range, which keeps most listeners interested.
My rating: 8/10
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