Narnia: The Great Fall
With the release of their excellent debut album, The Awakening, in 1998, NARNIA became one of the leading newcomer acts within the growing melodic metal scene. NARNIA never refused the “White Metal” label, and if fact have embraced it, as it is an important fact within the band. Long Live the King (1999) and Desert Land (2001) followed and established the Swedish band within the metal scene.
The Great Fall might be the heaviest and powerful album NARNIA have recorded so far. Tracks like “Back from Hell,” the catchy “The Countdown Has Begun” or especially the monumental “The Great Fall of Man” (recorded along with a huge choir from Stockholm) proves NARIA are at the top of the melodic metal genre. The material is groovy and very powerful; also, the song writing seems to be more straightforward and to the point. Some progressive parts make the record even more interesting, as evident in “No Time To Lose.” Once more vocalist Christian Liljegren, who is now called Christian Rivel (he took over the last name of his wife), proves he belongs among the best vocalists in the metal scene. His clear voice fits perfectly with the melodic sound of the band. (Nuclear Blast)