Andromeda's Extension of the Wish has been
out for some time already but only now has found its way to our reviews.
The band was introduced as playing progressive power metal, but actually
I can't agree on this all too clear-cut definition of their style.
Songs such as "Star Shooter Supreme," being
stylistically rather grungy in its character, will certainly disconcert
anyone expecting a straight power metal album. To make matters worse,
the keyboard interludes in that song won't find a big audience otherwise
as well. The songs often miss a certain conciseness in rhythm and melody
and stumble on and on from riff to riff.
The album indeed contains a bunch of nice riffs (especially
the introductory one to the first song !) and songs ("Star Shooter
Supreme," "Extension of the Wish"), but all in all, Andromeda
has neither managed to give those riffs a voice in neither traditional
nor in a new style.