The classic and legendary band Ten are back once more, and this time with a stellar album.
“Be As You Are Forever,” is a fitting opener, the piano work on this song makes it immediately stand out as an anthem that will get the crowd going when performed live. The vocals are on another level, delivering soaring melodies and uplifting words. “Shield Wall,” an anthem of war, with the horrors marked quite clearly, it is something that is going to get the crowd going. “The Esoteric Ocean,” slows things down, bringing out the melodies and ensuring that the listener is kept hooked from the get go. “Jericho,” the first single from the album and a song that brings some interesting melodical arrangements. Delivering trumpets, growing melodical arrangements on the guitars and within the vocals, a true precision masterpiece. “Rosetta Stone,” slows things down. Bringing the piano to the forefront and ensuring the listener is hooked from the get go. An epic anthem.
“Illuminati,” a song with differing time stamps, bringing about a fascinating change here and there, continues the theme present within the earlier songs on the album. It delivers sharp relief, and then brings biting guitars into play. “Heaven and the Holier Than Thou,” is an interesting song, it mixes the relief with the pleasure and drives things forward. “Exile,” a driving song with the moving melody that makes the listener want to tap their foot. “Mephistopheles,” keeps things interesting and somewhat dark, with grooving guitar lines, and a dark, piercing melody on vocals. “Of Battles Lost and Won,” closes things up with some interesting piano work.
The album is out now via Frontiers Music.