SYMPHORCE - TWICE SECOND (*NEW-CD, 2023) Brainstorm Vocalist/Melodic Prog Power!
- Officially licensed from Metal Blade Records
- Original release date 2004
- Remastered by Rob Colwell / Bombworks Sound
- Lead vocalist, Andy B. Franck is also Brainstorm lead vocalist
- Markus Pohl (Mystic Prophecy/Powerwolf) featured on guitar
- Cede Dupont (Freedom Call, Downspirit, Silent Circus)
- 12-page booklet with lyrics/pics
- 1 bonus track
- Vinyl coming in 2024
- Part of the exclusive Metal Icon Series
- Includes exclusive bonus track, "Under the Curse"
- For fans of Brainstorm, Kamelot, Symphony X, Firewind, Sacred Warrior, and Sonata Artica.
BPCD1636 SYMPHORCE - TWICE SECOND 637405145564
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Prepare to revisit a pivotal chapter in the annals of melodic power and progressive metal with the long-awaited reissue of SYMPHORCE's 'TWICE SECOND.' Originally unleashed in its sonic glory, this timeless album has been resurrected and remastered to perfection by the acclaimed Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound. Following the resounding success of 'PHORCEFUL AHEAD,' the legendary Achim Kühler once again took the producer's helm, ensuring that 'TWICE SECOND' boasts the same impeccable production that fans have come to expect from the mastermind behind Primal Fear, Sinner, and Brainstorm, among others.
This exclusive CD reissue, limited to a mere 500 copies and proudly presented by Brutal Planet Records, is a collector's dream come true. SYMPHORCE's 'TWICE SECOND' is not just an album; it's a symphony of metal mastery, a testament to the enduring power of this band, and a worthy addition to the esteemed Metal Icon Series. As an extra treat, dive deeper into the band's journey with a lavish 12-page insert featuring rare photographs and lyrics that will transport you back to the heart of their music. And let's not forget that the lead singer of SYMPHORCE is also the dynamic vocal force behind the revered German progressive metal act, Brainstorm. Don't miss your chance to own a piece of metal history and rediscover the timeless magic of 'TWICE SECOND' as it was meant to be experienced.
3 Whatever Hate Provides
4 Cause Of Laughter
5 In The Cold
6 Take What's Mine
7 Face Of Pain
9 Two Seconds To Live
10 Cry On My Shoulder
11 Under The Curse
Fallen/Tears/Whatever Hate Provides/Cause Of Laughter/In The Cold/Take What's Mine/Face Of Pain/Searching/Two Seconds To Live/Cry On My Shoulder/Under The Curse
This has got to be among the best albums I own. Symphorce have truly created a masterpiece in Twice Second that sounds modern and very fresh and they establish themselves in the elite of metal bands. Symphorce play a sort of power/thrash metal in vein of Brainstorm, Nevermore, and a hint of old Megadeth. Instead of copying silly happy power metal bands with all of the usual cliches Symphorce employs there own personal sound based on creative heavy riffs, modern sensibilities, and catchy masterful songwriting. Cede and Marcus write some incredible riffs (Nevermore style) and jaw dropping leads, while the rhythm section is heavy and crushing. Andy is simply one of the best vocalists in metal period. This album is a must have for fans of Brainstorm, Nevermore, Evergrey, Angel Dust, and Tad Morose. Symphorce has set the bar high and I wonder if even they will be able to top it. Buy it and be reminded why you are a metal fan!
SEA OF TRANQUILITY REVIEW
Symphorce: Twice Second
Symphorce's third album, 2002's rollicking phorcefulAhead, offered power-metal fans a refreshing respite from stereotypical dragons-and-battles lyrics, galloping rhythm sections and shrieking vocals. It drew heavily from the Queensryche book of songwriting by addressing introspective topics without sacrificing muscle or integrity. Twice Second, the latest album from the German band featuring members of Symphorce's power-metal brethren Brainstorm (singer Andy B. Franck) and Freedom Call (guitarist Cedric "Cede" Dupont),...Symphorce gets extra-aggressive with the metal-tinged "Cause of Laughter," during which Franck's powerful and resonating vocals sound even more lethal than usual. Meanwhile, "Two Seconds To Live" embraces old-school metal tradition and "Whatever Hate Provides" slams out some major riffs.
Yet, other tracks -- "Searching," the rousing opener "Fallen," "Tears" and the mid-tempo closer "Cry On My Shoulder" -- accomplish what Symphorce does best: strategically meld progressive and power metal. Nothing on Twice Second is quite as catchy as "Your Blood, My Soul" from Symphorce's last album, but maybe it doesn't have to be. After all, with the band now on solid ground with its own distinct, soul-stirring, ear-ripping sound (which began on 1999's Truth to Promises and was furthered on 2000's Sinctuary), Symphorce can afford to diversify its offerings without diluting itself. Twice Second sounds better the second (and third, fourth and fifth) time around.