The Fall Of An Empire

Label
Fairyland
Release date
23 Aug 2006
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
62:24

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Endgame 1:16 10,010
2 The Fall Of An Empire 5:55 12,066
3 Lost In The Dark Lands 6:00 9,792
4 Slaves Forlorn 1:11 7,835
5 The Awakening 4:49 7,896
6 Eldanie Uelle 5:20 4,751
7 Clanner of the Light 6:06 8,184
8 To The Havenrod 1:04 6,985
9 The Walls Of Laemnil 5:56 6,974
10 Anmorkenta 6:00 8,172
11 In Duna 5:00 9,245
12 The Story Remains 10:35 6,257
13 Look Into Lost Years 3:12 5,789

About this album

Fairyland - The Fall Of An Empire (2006)

Review by Stewart Mason
Returning from an extended sabbatical that saw most of the band’s lineup turn over, French prog metal outfit Fairyland return with their most symphonic album yet. Opening with a blatant Carmina Burana ripoff intro track called “Endgame” (which reappears in various guises thrice more over the course of the album, like it’s a recurrent theme in the Lord of the Rings soundtracks or something) , Fall of an Empire sounds like some kind of ill-conceived cross between lightweight ’80s poodle metal (both of the male vocalists sound like they should be singing “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” in front of a local cover band) and the worst, most Rick Wakeman-like excesses of ’70s prog: conceptual lyrics furthering a basically incomprehensible storyline, lifts of classical motifs so blatant they would make Keith Emerson himself roll his eyes, and an overall stench of self-seriousness rarely found outside of small circles of Ayn Rand readers and/or Rush fans. Those who don’t fall into either of those categories would probably find “The Fall of an Empire” inadvertently hilarious, but somewhere out there is a guy who lives in his mom’s basement and works part-time at the local comic store who’s going to think this is the best album ever.

Credits
Didier Chesneau - Mixing, Vocal Engineer, Drum Engineering
Philippe Giordana - Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr), Concept, Group Member

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