time for intros, so based on that the 1:14 minute instrumental "Temple of the Sun" just serves as a momentum killer and general waste of time for me. All hope is not lost as the thundering drums of the oddly titled "Akhenaton" resonate from the speakers in an awesome track. Some quick internet searching finds that Akhenaton may refer to the tenth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty. The keyboard work on "My Mystic Mind" gives it a real Gothic metal feel at points while "Trail of Murder", sadly the shortest track at under three minutes, is my favorite of the lot. The title track, "As Daylight Breaks", is a ballad and vehicle for the talents of Breed and Vacik, but again, not to my particular liking. "Setting Fire to the Earth" is once again more my speed with a catchy bridge and chorus, perhaps a little more straight forward rock-like. The longest track, "Listen to the Storm", opens with some dark, ominous keyboarding but soon gives way to the rest of the all-star project in another slower tempo, rather epic sounding composition. Things wrap up with "Older and Wiser", another classic power metal track crafted by some of the best of the genre.
BUY: Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks
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