Where Stone Is Unscarred

Hyperion - Where Stone Is Unscarred ©1999 Massacre Records
1. Ardeb It Ad Aeternum
2. Perpetual Burn
3. Shades Of Sin
4. Eyes Full Of Fire
5. The Mirror Of Soul
6. Chains Around The Time
7. Neverending Wind
8. Till The End Of Time
9. Labyrinth
10. Beyond The Sky
11. The Legion Of Thunder

Where Stone Is Unscarred is an over-the-top dose of melodic power metal that at least nods to the fans of progressive metal. The disc gallops along with a sound and fury similar to that of Rhapsody or Hammerfall.

The comparison ends at the similarities in sound and tempo. Where Rhapsody sings about swords and glory, Hyperion sing about themselves and how they are going to kick the stuffing out of any who stand in their way. Dragons need not apply. However, don't let the silly artwork fool you. This is not your typical sword wielding, dragon slaying epic. There is a lot of serious music on this disc.

These guys have attitude and aggression to spare. The music is melodic with the heavy use of epic keys as in Rhapsody or Blind Guardian mixed with solid guitar play and big choruses. The keys lead the way on almost every track. While I wouldn't put Hyperion in the pit of other bands that play strutting cock metal, they are certainly teetering on the brink and looking to jump. What keeps them out is the attention to details you'll find in the music. The music is layered and complex with stuff going on in the background which is why I say it at least nods at the progressive metal fans. The vocals are clean and clear and layered in places. Musically, the disc is sound and solid. Conceptually, it wavers as if seeking a direction to take.

I find the disc clinging to the solemn brotherhood of metal heroes while casting longing glances into the unexplored realms of progression. The furtive forays into those realms are enjoyable throughout the disc. Fans of Hammerfall, Rhapsody, Blind Guardian and other epic power metal bands might enjoy almost Manowarish attempt to step (read: strut) across the lines in this disc.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 10/2000

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