By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Available: 11th November 2016
Official Website: http://www.freedom-call.net/
The appointed creators of happy metal are back once again with a new album. With bands like these I’m always surprised that they can keep producing material every 2 years without getting burned out. Although seeing that I am a Freedom Call fan I’m not going to complain. So Master Of Light album (which I also believe the song may be a sequel to ‘Land Of The Light’) can pretty much be summed up by the opening track ‘Metal Is For Everyone’. The music video features clips from all their fans singing along, which includes men, women, and children, from all over the place. Which is very interesting to say the least. There is a lot of identity politics that goes on in the metal community, driven by all the different sub genres within the genre, which is often where the ‘no true Scotsman’ fallacy sometimes gets thrown around. But with this song and video it’s Freedom Call saying what they’ve been saying for years, as long as you enjoy what you enjoy then it doesn’t really matter.
So what does this new album sound like? Well if we’re being honest… pretty much what you would expect mostly. In a nutshell: it’s the early naughties album’s revamped, with a bit of Celtic and world influences like the last 2 albums, and now with a hint of speed and symphonic Finnish metal thrown in. The songs have the same ideas, theme’s and concepts, such as medieval knights, wizards and entities from other realms. The kind of things that metal nerds like. All sung in a choir like way. I may be reading a bit too much into it but some of the lyrics could be interpreted about today’s social climate. Like one song that really sticks out is ‘Kings Rise And Fall’ with the 2 main lines being “kings rise and fall, for nothing at all.” And of course it wouldn’t be a Freedom Call album if they didn’t reference their own name in one of the songs. The ballads are very enjoyable as well. What I really like is that they have been shortened length wise, compared to ‘Beyond’ which went on a bit too long in my opinion. But here they are a pleasure to listen to and they don’t go on for overly long. Just listen to songs like ‘Cradles Of Angels’ and ‘Emerald Skies’.
Now it does sadden me to say that the songs are not quite as memorable as the last album, and this is not their best work so far, it did take me a few more listens to enjoy the new songs the same way as I did with previous stuff. But that doesn’t mean to say that it’s not a good album and that it’s not worth checking out. There are some good stuff here and the ballads are a real step up. Not to mention that with ‘Metal Is For Everyone’, they attempted to try what very few metal bands attempt to try. If fan’s want metal to come back in full force, then they may need to embrace a little bit of that Freedom Call attitude.