Review of the Album Return to Heaven Denied by Italian Power Metal Band Labyrinth
Why Is Return to Heaven Denied Such a Fine Power Metal Album?
Italian power metal band Labyrinth is a band that I listened to a pretty good portion of the time in my early 20’s. Their 1998 studio album called Return to Heaven Denied is an example of a fine power metal release that is not by bands such as Rhapsody of Fire or Angra. The album has the powerful vocals of Rob Tyrant (Roberto Tiranti) as well as the solid use of keyboards to complement their complex riffing structures.
The Album Cover for Return to Heaven Denied
How Does Return to Heaven Denied Begin?
The album begins with the progressive power metal song Moonlight. Sometimes in life we realize that our soul is in need of a rebirth in life so we travel with the light of the moon and then love becomes stronger than hate. When we are determined to change the course of our destiny and life nothing can stop us because we are so determined to see ourselves in a much better light than before. The person described in the first song is asking for that journey to Heaven.
A Little Bit About the Song New Horizons
The highly symphonic power metal song New Horizons is a song about a person that wonders why his love has died. What has happened to him as he sees his soul crashing to the ground?
The Night of Dreams Isn't Just Any Power Metal Song
The Night of Dreams may be one of the overlooked songs on this album and I will say that I might have overlooked this song as well. The song is a simply constructed progressive influenced song about having daydreams. Daydreams can be a way to forget our problems temporarily but they can also be a technique to set goals for our future. Note: even a simple goal that is achievable in a day or less is a goal to set for yourself. When I began writing on Hubpages for the second go-around, I never thought I’d end up with 700+ articles but here I am due to my motivation and talents. These album reviews give perspective on the various genres of heavy metal but they can also be ways for us to cope with life’s challenges. So let us dream big if we are going to dream about making something happen. Even though goal setting should be a topic for another article, just know that if it wasn’t for the thoughts and creative intellect of the members of the band Labyrinth, there would be no Return to Heaven Denied written for us to enjoy even 20 years later.
Return to Heaven Denied Back of the Album Cover
State of Grace Is Another Song to Listen to in This Album
State of Grace is a song about a person that feels like they are in their own world, far away from their fears and sins. They can rest for a while in this peaceful setting or place where nothing can get to them or bother them.
Thunder is the Best Song on This Album for Sure!
Thunder is the greatest song in this album by far! The fast riffing combined with the excellent instrument playing is what defines this song especially the keyboard playing parts. As Rob Tyrant says: “like a thunder, my rage could explode in your face,” (Thorsen, 1998). This song isn’t that explosive but it is so well-written with even the bass lines being somewhat audible. The song also addresses what can happen to a person that is losing his battle against an adversary.
"Night of Dreams"
Final Thoughts About the Album Return to Heaven Denied
Time After Time is a song that is about a person that wonders what has been left behind after so much time has passed. After a long time, he begins to see a light that is calling him. Is it the Light of LOVE that is calling him? It might very well be and it is a light of love, a universal light of love that has the potential to heal and bless all of us. Falling Rain is a beautiful song about the search for love, as so much time has passed and finding that love is not so easy for many of us. It can be very frustrating when we dream of finding love only to not get there. Return to Heaven Denied is one of the best power metal releases of its kind and that’s all I can say for now.
Note: this review is being resumed after a break of a few hours but let’s just say also that there is an instrumental song called Feel and this breaks up the monotony of the album a bit. It is a cover song and a melodic part of it sounds like something German power metal band Edguy would use in their albums. The album ends with the song Die for Freedom. Freedom is often times a word for exploitation in certain countries as the masters call us to do their bidding and there is a price that we all pay for this freedom. The song gives us something to really think about because is that all there is in this life on Earth? No, our lives do not consist of all work and no play but that’s what it has been made out to be. There are too many good songs on this album to mention what the best ones are.
Thorsen, O. R. (1998). Thunder [Recorded by Labyrinth]. Tuscany, Italy.
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"Die for Freedom"
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