(Pure Rock Records)

Review by Officer Nice

From out of Switzerland I received the promo of a band that listens to the name of Rizon. As I’ve written before Switzerland never was a big country in Metal but those who knows the scène can easily mention a few Swiss bands. Rizon isn’t a new band and their biography learns that this is their fourth effort, but to honest I only knew they’re previous one from a few spins.


This album really pleased me from the beginning until the end and I feel enthusiast about it. I listened to great sounding melodic Metal, the way I like it. Okay, I prefer the darker kind of Heavy Metal but when I am in the right mood I can really enjoy this kind of Metal too. It delivers me some kind of summer breeze and because of the fact Spring is afraid for appearing I can use this energy.


This band is leaded by Matthias Götz, a man who really contains a great voice. He fits the music perfectly and his timbre gives the band a brand. The fact he is supported by a female vocalist, listening to the name Rahel Fisher, empowers the brand of the band. You don’t hear me say you will listen to something unique here but about the quality I even refuse to discuss. The combination with the female vocals works for me, what a great angelic voice. “I follow you” really gives goose bumps, awesome!


Bands like Pretty Maids, Gotthard, Stratovarius and the modern Helloween crossed my mind. But in specific Kamelot fans should try this one out, although Rizon is less Progressive. Maybe even Wycked Synn comes close at some points (who remembers them?) although I suppose the duets has anything to do with it.


You can easily hear that this band worked hard for this release. The song writing is very good and the listener receives twelve good tracks for his or her money. The musical performances are top and Rizon proves what Swiss quality is all about. Fans of melodic twin guitars and great keyboards will adapt this album very soon. The music rocks and is meant for a bigger crowd. What I do mean is that this band can -  musical wise – easily hook up with bigger bands in this genre. Only if you will hear how intense the leads are played you will know enough about how right I really am. But it won’t be easy. It will be hard for Rizon to break through although it has nothing to do with the band, their music or their new album!


Rizon delivers a strong, a very strong album. Spread the words, this is some outstanding stuff! Check http://www.rizon.ch


My rating: 89 / 100   



95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish