Harmony - Theatre of Redemption

Harmony Theatre of Redemption cover
Harmony
Theatre of Redemption
Ulterium Records
2014
6.5
It took Harmony 6 years since 2008’s “Chapter II: Aftermath” to come back with a new studio album. Still the main-men behind Harmony are the guitarist Markus Sigfridsson and the drummer Tobias Enbert. Now there are also the bassist Raphael Dafras (Almah, Seven Horizons) and the keyboardist John Svensson in the band. The big surprise for all the metalheads was the return of Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon Lavett, ex-Conviction, ex-Crystal Eyes, ex-Destiny, ex-Heed,) to the scene, who is the guest vocalist on the album. Who knows if that cooperation becomes permanent in the future huh?
 
In any case, Harmony is still a good act when it comes to melodic heavy/power metal music. The new tracks are quite good, some (“Inhale”& “Bloudbound”) are better than the others but overall, “Theatre of Redemption” if a damn fine album. Some say that Daniel has made it even more captivating with his performances, and even though he doesn’t push things to the edge, I would argue with that. The sound is sharp and powerful on the whole. The albums was mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall, etc.) and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain, etc.).
 
So far so good, but I feel that this album is missing the “essence” and the spark of teamwork and a little bit of its magic. I do not know when the tracks were recorded and how many changes they have been through, till the new members participated in them, but they kinda miss that “X” factor that could take em to a “higher level”. Perhaps if the new members stay together for some time and finally find a stable singer (I guess they wish for Daniel to stay), Harmony can go further… they also need to shorten those gaps between albums…