By: Callum Lavender
Available: 24th February 2014
I’m very excited to be checking out the latest album by Freedom Call because if truth were known I am a massive fan but I will do my best to not be bios. I thought I would start this by telling a quick story of how I ‘accidently’ became a fan, when I was 18 in sixth form college I was sitting next to two of my class mates and was over hearing there conversation. One of them said, “have you heard palace of fantasy by Freedom Call it’s a great song?” then the other said, “It sounds like a song to a Disney movie”. So curiosity got the better of me and some time later I checked out that song on youtube and when I did I must of hit the replay button about 50 times, then soon after discovered some of there other classic hits. So how does this new chapter compare with there other 15+ years of material… lets find out.
Ages of Light out May 7th on Steamhammer/SPV
Melodic metal act FREEDOM CALL’s balance sheet is certainly something to be proud of: the group surrounding vocalist/guitarist Chris Bay have released a total of seven studio albums (including their sensational debut Stairway To Fairyland) and two haunting live releases. FREEDOM CALL are also ever-present live on the stage, having toured not only with the likes of Saxon, Edguy, Blind Guardian and Hammerfall, but also having played successful tours in their own right since 2010. The band performed more than 60 shows to support the release of their 2012 album Land Of The Crimson Dawn, among them 25 headliner shows all over Europe. Their exceedingly melodic songs are frequently referred to as “happy metal”, and indeed FREEDOM CALL more than deserve the title of “Happiest Metal-Band In The World”. The release of Ages Of Light on 29 April 2013
(Germany: 26 April 2013, USA: 7 May 2013) is set to mark their 15th anniversary.
“Ages Of Light” is a best-of double album filled to the brim with 18 of the most important songs from the band’s history, plus a bonus CD entitled “Masqueraded”, featuring six FREEDOM CALL tracks in a new, unusual guise. There is a ska version of “Metal Invasion”, “Mr. Evil” as a melodic reggae track, “Hero On Video” as a speed ska number and “Rockin’ Radio“ (which is also supported by a video clip) in a killerbilly version. Continue reading FREEDOM CALL: More ‘Ages Of Light’ Details Revealed