|Reviews - 2010|
I must admit, although I really love them, Tarot actually has never been more than a kind of "Fun band" to me. It has been great to see them live and to listen to them with friends before going out to get into the right mood (of course accompanied by all the dramatical gestures using the next best trash as a microphone). But I never sat down at home and a put a Tarot CD into the player to listen to. For the first time I really listened to Tarot – with the result that I couldn’t stop anymore.
There is something about "Gravity Of Light" that makes you forget time and everything else around you, something that grabs your hand and takes you on a fascinating journey. I tried to grasp what fascinated me so much and believe it’s not only the well-made and produced music but also the incredible passion Tarot radiate. On stage you can see this passion without any doubt, but on "Gravity Of Light" you can feel it in every word, every note, every riff. They are unbelievably on the spot, as if the whole band stood right in front of you when performing the songs.
So my skepticism was literally blown away by the first melodies. But ok, Tarot is known for that enthusiasm, so I still was a bit afraid that "Gravity Of Light" wouldn’t differ that much from the other albums, when you come to think of this being already their 14th (!) long player. But there’s no need to worry. This album is just not going to be boring. It simply has everything: catchy, varying melodies on a typical Power Metal basis, performed by two (almost) perfect voices. There are furious (“Rise!”), accusative, heroic (“Satan Is Dead”, “I Walk Forever”) and desperate (“Hell Knows”) songs and of course these wonderful lamenting ballads (“Gone”).
What I like especially on this album is that it spreads sobriety. At first appearance the songs and lyrics seem to be the typical Power Metal stuff - meaning big, pompous feelings you can’t really take serious. But already the second song “Hell Knows” shows that there is more. Tarot do have something to say and not only throw “false” emotions around. Talking already about “Hell Knows”, this is not only the best song on "Gravity Of Light" but beyond that one of the strongest pieces of music Tarot has ever produced.
To come to an end - Tarot not only proved a good feeling for the right ingredients but also for the perfect mixture. When it comes to traditional Power Metal without becoming boring, Tarot is still unbeatable and showed once more that they know and love what they do. And that’s also what I love most about Tarot: they do what they love, regardless of sales figures and whatnot. That’s why they manage to transport joy and passion so intensely through their music. So please guys, walk forever, because from now on I will listen, listen, listen (and you should too)!
10 / 10
Last Updated (Friday, 21 May 2010 10:37)
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