Review of the Album Supremacy by the Progressive Power Metal Band Elegy
Is Supremacy One of Those Forgotten Progressive Metal Albums?
Elegy is a progressive power metal band that may now be largely forgotten because these guys haven’t released any material since 2002. Their power metal filled album Supremacy is their second studio album and I got into this album because of the song Darkest Night. I still think that Holland or The Netherlands does not get nearly the credit that it deserves for its heavy metal bands because even the few of them that I know are GREAT! It is not only a great idea but fair and justified to write another album review about a Dutch band. Holland may be a country that is still passed over by some heavy metal fans. Eduard Hovinga is a vocalist that has a powerful range.
How Does Supremacy Begin?
“Windows of the World” starts off 1994’s Supremacy album and a song like this would later set the stage for similar songs of this style such as what we would hear on albums such as Ring of Fire by Mark Boals or even the band Ring of Fire, another band that is responsible for being around because of the desires and thoughts of the one and only Mark Boals. This article isn’t meant to compare Eduard Hovinga to Mark Boals but a case could be made that Elegy more than likely influenced other bands to get formed eventually.
“Angel’s Grace” starts with some beautiful and relaxing acoustic guitar and I see influences of early Yngwie J. Malmsteen in this song. However, Supremacy does not get off to as strong of a start as the band’s next album Lost would get off to.
The Greatness of Vocalist Eduard Hovinga
Lost was the peak of greatness for Elegy during the time that Hovinga was with the band and that might have also been the time that I heard his highest vocal range yet. Still, Hovinga keeps himself restrained and does not try to do too much with his voice. Keeping your voice in good shape by not overdoing it is a recipe for long-term vocal health. Elegy can be thought of as a mix of progressive and power metal and I cannot say enough how grateful I am for the work and the contributions of Eduard Hovinga to the band Elegy.
"Lust for Life"
How Good Is Supremacy?
Lust for Life is the first ballad song in this album and it is about someone that has or is about to lose the love of their life because she is about to pass on from the Earth. He stands in the darkness with the feeling that he may not be able to hold her in his arms again. Circles in the Sand is a song that tries to tell us that although our soul is like a temple that houses all our intellect, it feels like we are sometimes stuck deep in the waters of life and swimming against that current.
“Darkest Night” has that beautiful mix of lead guitar along with solid riffs. Close Your Eyes is just a short 39 second track that tries to let us know to close our eyes and that love will come our way.
Anouk may be one of those songs that some of us may never have expected from Elegy before but this one has that sort of Jason Becker type of feel to it just because of the guitar playing and the style of it. The end of this song just leads into the next one which has already been discussed. We have just briefly mentioned the song Darkest Night. This song is about stepping into a situation that you thought was love but it was not. The guy that she thought she was in love with stole the love and broke her heart. But as the seasons come and go, will love finally come for this person that got her heart broken? Supremacy is a very good album but it is still a step below Elegy’s 1995 studio album Lost.
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