Review by Mike Korn
Bands like Silent Force sure put a lot of pressure on the listener. On the one hand, the music that's found on their second release "Infatuator" offers nothing that hasn't been heard many times before. It is absolutely typical of the European power metal movement that has come to glut the record racks recently. The music is full of all the expected clichés such as classical guitar arpeggios, soaring "heroic" chorus lines, medieval imagery and the aping of bands like Judas Priest, Helloween and Hammerfall (who arguably started this whole modern power metal movement). Silent Force is certainly one of this horde of bands. The trouble is, they are so damn good at what they do, you are forced to play air guitar and bang your head with them no matter how typical their sound is. The head says they are old hat but the heart says, rock on, warriors of metal!
Musicianship is most definitely a strong point here. The group's lead vocalist is none other than D. C. Cooper, the celebrated singer of Royal Hunt. Here, D. C. applies his mega-lungpower to a decidedly harder and heavier vibe than the more melodic Royal Hunt. He does a splendid job and it's easy to understand why he was in the running for Rob Halford's spot in Judas Priest. The other members, particularly ex-Primal Fear guitarist Alex Beyrodt, also excel. Make no mistake, if you are a fan of the current European power metal scene, "Infatuator" won't be leaving your stereo any time too soon.
I would still like the band to apply just a little originality to their sound, but Silent Force have mastered their genre. For now, the heart wins out over the head!