Jori : Ragenheart is a power metal group from Greece, the name of the band is a contraction of the words Rage in heart. The group has been around for about 15 years now, yet this ‘The Last King’ is only the second album of the band. That second album has quite a strong start with the six-minute title track following the intro. This is a guitar oriented mid-tempo metal anthem on which we are introduced to all faces of this band: solid drums, excellent riffing and the typical power metal vocals of John Koroneos.
Despite the cliché album title, this is not your standard recycled “dragons and castles”-power metal. Ragenheart craftily combines topics like personal struggles with catchy singing lines and whipping choruses. This makes the group reminiscent of fellow Greeks InnerWish, who are masters in this craft. The class of InnerWish to captivate the listener from start to finish is unfortunately absent with Ragenheart, many of the songs are too interchangeable for this. The mid-tempo songs make up the bulk of the material, and there are no less than three songs that can be characterized as ballads, among which the tiresome and way too long ‘Dreamer’. The result of this is that there is no getting into the flow with this album. Highlights are the afore mentioned title track and ‘Metal Rules the Night’, which brings some spice to the dish. Ragenheart made a very decent album with ‘The Last King’, but there is definitely some room for improvement!