Freedom Call – Legend of the Shadowking (2010)

Album Review

Having a European address is by no means mandatory if one wants to be part of a power metal revival band, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. And being from Germany — a country boasting a considerable amount of metal and hard rock history, ranging from Helloween and Warlock to Kreator, Destruction and Sodom to the Scorpions and Accept — has not been a bad thing for Freedom Call, who maintain their epic, prog-influenced approach to power metal on Legend of the Shadowking. Freedom Call have experienced some personnel changes along the way; on this 2008-2009 recording, the lineup consists of original members Chris Bay (lead vocals, guitar) and Dan Simmermann (drums) along with 2005 arrival Lars Rettkowicz (guitar) and 2009 arrival Samy Saemann (bass). But lineup changes haven’t changed the band’s sound; Freedom Call still like their power metal big — big melodies… Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

Freedom Call was formed in 1998 by old friends Chris Bay and Daniel Zimmermann during an off-period for the latter’s main band, Gamma Ray. They eventually completed a six-song demo with the well-known producer Charlie Bauerfeind, who offered the tape to several record companies.

At the same time, the Freedom Call line up was completed by Ilker Ersin on the Bass guitar and Sascha Gerstner on Guitar. Chris and Dan saw Sascha in the beginning of 1998, playing in a cover band. Ilker and Chris had played together in a band called Moon Doc for some years.

The debut album, Stairway to Fairyland was released in early 1999, and on 25 May Freedom Call made their official live debut during a France tour as support band of Angra and Edguy. At the end of August Freedom Call started recording the 5-track Mini LP called “Taragon”, with new songs, a cover version of Ultravox’ “Dancing with tears in my eyes”, a new-sung version of the “Stairway to Fairyland” a Japanese bonus track called “Kingdom Come” and a new version of “Tears of Taragon” with Biff Byford, singer… Read more on wikipedia.org

Tracks

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Out of the Ruins
Lars Rettkowicz
Freedom Call
                        4:21
2
Thunder God
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        3:30
3
Tears of Babylon
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        3:38
4
Merlin — Legend of the Past
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:16
5
Resurrection Day
Lars Rettkowicz
Freedom Call
                        3:33
6
Under the Spell of the Moon
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        5:08
7
Dark Obsession
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:44
8
The Darkness
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        5:05
9
Remember!
Chris Bay / Lars Rettkowicz / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        4:21
10
Ludwig II — Prologue
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        2:18
11
The Shadowking
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        5:12
12
Merlin — Requiem
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        2:34
13
Kingdom of Madness
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        3:59
14
A Perfect Day
Chris Bay / Dan Zimmermann
Freedom Call
                        3:57