by MythofRock

The return of Scanner with their latest full-length album, “The Cosmic Race” marks a momentous event for fans who have patiently awaited nearly a decade for new material from the German legends. This album not only signals a musical comeback and introduces a captivating concept that adds depth to the band’s highly decorated discography. Recorded and mixed at s1s-Studio Gelsenkirchen, Germany, during the years 2022 and 2023, “The Cosmic Race” stands out of the rest power metal albums as a polished and powerful sonic attack. The hands-on involvement of Axel Julius in recording, mixing, and production, as well as the mastering expertise of Max Morton, ensures a meticulous and finely crafted production. Julius takes center stage in the creative process, contributing not only intricate guitar work but also crafting all the songs and lyrics. This level of artistic control showcases a cohesive vision that permeates throughout the album. The result is a collection of tracks that embody power metal at its zenith, resonating with the energy and enthusiasm that has defined Scanner’s illustrious career. One of the strong features of “The Cosmic Race” is the fantastic, dramatic, and theatrical vocals delivered by Efthimios Ioannidis. His emotive and commanding vocal presence adds an extra layer of intensity to the album, complementing the intricate musical arrangements. The collaboration between Ioannidis and Julius creates a synergy that elevates the overall listening experience. The album takes listeners on a journey through the heavy/power metal cosmos, guided by the thematic elements woven into each track. The concept, in line with Scanner’s established penchant for storytelling, adds a narrative layer that enhances the album. The interplay between the lyrics and the musical compositions serves as an example to the band’s ability to create an immersive experience for the listener. “The Cosmic Race” by Scanner stands as a triumph for the German heavy metal legends. With a bombastic production, captivating concept, and stellar performances from each band member, this album reaffirms Scanner’s position at the forefront of the power metal genre. For fans, this release is a resounding declaration that Scanner’s legacy continues to thrive, and “The Cosmic Race” is a shining jewel in their formidable discography.

♦ 8,5/10

Dimitris Zacharopoulos




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