FREEDOM CALL
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Freedom Call is a German power metal band created in 1998 by guitarist/singer Chris Bay and Gamma Ray's drummer Dan Zimmermann. They've released 6 studio albums so far: Stairway to Fairyland (1999), Crystal Empire (2001), Eternity (2002), The Circle of Life (2005), Dimension (2007) and Legend of the Shadow King (2010). You can also find an EP (Taragon, 1999) and a Live Album (Live Invasion, 2004) in their discography. In 2012 they released Land of the Crimson Dawn, and in 2014 they released Beyond, with the compilation Ages of Light coming in 2013.

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FREEDOM CALL albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 4.31 | 4 ratings
Stairway to Fairyland
Power Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 4.15 | 5 ratings
Crystal Empire
Power Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 4.55 | 6 ratings
Eternity
Power Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 3.74 | 4 ratings
The Circle of Life
Power Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Dimensions
Power Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Legend of the Shadowking
Power Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 3.21 | 5 ratings
Land of the Crimson Dawn
Power Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 4.16 | 4 ratings
Beyond
Power Metal 2014

FREEDOM CALL EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Taragon
Power Metal 1999

FREEDOM CALL live albums

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Live Invasion
Power Metal 2004
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Live in Hellvetia
Power Metal 2011

FREEDOM CALL demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

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Freedom Call
Power Metal 1998

FREEDOM CALL boxset & compilations

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Ages of Light 1998 / 2013
Power Metal 2013

FREEDOM CALL singles (4)

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Silent Empire
Metal Related 2001
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Zauber der Nacht
Power Metal 2010
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Rockin' Radio
Power Metal 2012
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Power & Glory
Power Metal 2012

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Live In Hellvetia
Power Metal 2011

FREEDOM CALL Reviews

FREEDOM CALL Eternity

Album · 2002 · Power Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
After two fantastic records, guitarist Sascha Gerstner left the German Melodic Power Metal band Freedom Call to join the subgenre’s legendary grandfathers Helloween. No one could blame him for such a good career move, but what would this mean for Freedom Call? Sometimes losing a guitar player can really damage a band, but Freedom Call didn’t fall into that trap here. Turns out, fans need not have worried. Mainman Chris Bay and Drummer Dan Zimmerman (of Gamma Ray fame) so embody the core Freedom Call sound that it didn’t shake things up too much.

Eternity, the band’s third full-length opus, still boasts the same standard of guitar work as its predecessor. It’s a real guitar hero record in fact. Elsewhere; It still has the same almost-too-sickly-sweet style, the same sense of cheesy fun and it really is the logical successor to the two records that preceded it. There’s a few surprises to be found, such as an almost Cradle Of Filth sounding moment at one point, but for the most part this is your typical Freedom Call music (and thankfully so). If you like the band’s previous work then make sure to pick up a copy of Eternity too.

The kind of Metal fan who scowls at Dragonforce isn’t going to find much to hang onto here, but if you love Melodic European Power Metal this is definitely a great album for your collection, and one you will continue listening to beyond just the initial purchase-high. Chocked full of melody, harmony, and very major key, this is happy sounding, clean, pleasant Metal for people in a good mood.

Interestingly, while most albums are usually quite top-heavy with all the best songs at the front end, Eternity keeps getting better as it unfolds, with most of the real gems towards the back of the record. Highlights include ‘Warriors’ ‘Eyes Of The World’ ‘Land Of Light’ and ‘Island Of Dreams.’ The combination of Chris’ songwriting, Dan’s playing talent and the slick production (also courtesy of Chris Bay) makes for some seriously palatable Power Metal.

If you like this sort of music, check this band out. If you like this band, definitely don’t skip Eternity, its absolutely worth your time and attention.

FREEDOM CALL Crystal Empire

Album · 2001 · Power Metal
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The German Melodic Power Metal band Freedom Call’s second full-length studio album, 2001’s Crystal Empire, feels very much like a continuation of their seminal debut album Stairway To Fairyland. Its got the same thunderous double-kicks, the same joyous uplifting choruses and the same tasteful lead guitar lines. Once again it was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who has worked with almost every Power Metal great you’d care to name.

Mainman Chris Bay has a tremendous vocal skill with a huge range, a lot of power and a real ear for melody… and that’s on top of the already excellent musical skills. The effortless sounding guitar lines stick in your head, the occasional chunky riffs that break things up, these things really elevate the album from just another face in the crowd to something noteworthy.

If you are into bands like Stratovarius, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Hammerfall or especially Gamma Ray and Helloween (and this album does feature guitar from Helloween’s Sacha Gerstner and drums from Gamma Ray’s Dan Zimmermann) then Freedom Call are a band that are seriously worth checking out. They are talented, passionate and consistent. They deliver exactly what you want… happy sounding Power Metal full of melody, bombast and mythical lyrics. The band have been described before as the world’s happiest sounding Power Metal band so you can imagine a sort of ballpark sound from that description alone.

Compared to their debut, this is a pretty similar affair. Its slightly more polished, slightly less complex and more commercial, but more or less in the exact same style, which is good news as their debut was absolutely fantastic. Clear production, excellent musicianship, stellar vocals and a general consistency and lack of weak tracks make this an essential purchase for anyone interested in the band. Add to that some genuinely enjoyable songs and you’ve got a bit of a rager on your hands.

Overall; if you like the band, get this album. If you haven’t heard the band but might like to, try this album. Highlights include: The concert baiting ‘Farewell,’ as well as the hugely enjoyable trio of ‘Call Of Fame,’ ‘Ocean’ and ‘Palace Of Fantasy.’ Check these out if you want to hear what the album is like.

FREEDOM CALL Stairway to Fairyland

Album · 1999 · Power Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
If you are at all interested in Melodic European Power Metal, then you seriously have to give Germany’s Freedom Call some attention. For anyone who’s bought Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Land Of The Free, Visions and Somewhere Far Beyond and is now wondering “Where Next?” I personally feel the answer is Stairway To Fairyland.

Stairway To Fairyland, as if you couldn’t already tell purely by that name, is the kind of super uplifting, happy sounding, positive, major key Power Metal that puts a smile on the listener’s face. The kind of thing that scowling naysayers would call Flower Metal. The kind of music that influenced the likes of Dragonforce. If any of that sounds good to you then you should get up on this album immediately.

The thunderous drums by Gamma Ray’s Dan Zimmermann, the tasteful pleasant guitar leads from Helloween’s Sascha Gerstner and the crystal clear production job from Power Metal Producer extraordinaire Charlie Bauerfeind (who’s worked with Angra, Blind Guardian, Primal Fear, Rage, HammerFall, Helloween and Gamma Ray) will have Power Metal enthusiast’s ears twitching with recognition and pleasure straight away. Add to that main-man Chris Bay’s immense vocal talents and brilliant attention to detail and you’ve got a serious recipe for success. The talent levels are through the ceiling.

What also makes this album great is that it isn’t just style over substance. The structuring and changes are so well thought out and the album really feels studied and brewed to perfection. There’s a feeling of craftsmanship and a better-than-the-sum-of-its-parts situation going on in a major way. There aren’t weak tracks, there aren’t weak sections and the band seem to be going for some sort of world record for most exciting choruses on a single album. Whether they achieve it is up to you, but it definitely seems like they’re doing their hardest to try.

Highlights include “Fairyland,” “We Are One” and the smile-guarantee that is the opener “Over The Rainbow.” If you wonder whether you should pick this album up, give one of those tracks a shot.

Overall; Look at the album artwork, look at the title for goodness sakes, then look at the pedigree of the creative team. If all of that is sending positive signals to your brain then dive in with both feet! If someone asked me to point them towards the happiest Metal album I’d ever heard I’d steer them in this direction. Stairway To Fairyland is a fun, satisfying, happy little fifty-five minutes of pure entertainment. It is remarkably consistent, extremely well-constructed and masterfully delivered. It flows perfectly. I fully and enthusiastically recommend anyone who is into even one of the other bands mentioned above to give this album a priority listen.

FREEDOM CALL Beyond

Album · 2014 · Power Metal
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Beyond (2014) is the eighth full-length album by German power metal act Freedom Call. Since the release of Land of the Crimson Dawn (2012) the group’s rhythm section has completely changed, with bassist Ilker Ersin returning to the band having previously departed in 2005 and the addition of new drummer Ramy Ali (Iron Mask, Evidence One et al). Beyond is also available as a special edition that comes with a bonus disc of live and unplugged material.

Freedom Call have been around a while now, but despite that Beyond is actually my first time hearing their music. The album represents a decent enough first impression for the band, although it does come across as something of a dime a dozen power metal release, featuring all the typical elements that the genre can sway into, particularly symphonic elements but also the odd more traditional metal orientated riff. In other words completely inoffensive work that is perfectly listenable if you enjoy the genre, but only occasionally showing that there’s something more to be had within the album. Such is the case with the album's title track, the best and most epic of the fourteen offerings that Freedom Call have presented.

The rest of the album provides much catchy material and while Beyond is obviously pretty high up on the power metal cheese scale it's a very fun release that is sure to please fans of this kind of music. It's biggest issue is perhaps the way certain aspects of it simply scream out missed chance to me. The on/off use of symphonic elements is quite nice to vary things up a little but some of those symphonic melodies have a bit of a folksy vibe to them, as in the songs Come on Home and Journey Into Wonderland and I can't help feeling when I hear these songs how awesome it would be if Freedom Call had included some actual folk instrumentation in them, especially for Come on Home.

Beyond is an enjoyable enough power metal release from Freedom Call. It certainly doesn't wow me very often and that's a real shame, because there are certainly several moments where it shows much more promise. A rating within the 3.5 stars bracket seems fair.

73/100

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven: http://metaltube.freeforums.org/freedom-call-beyond-t3355.html)

FREEDOM CALL Land of the Crimson Dawn

Album · 2012 · Power Metal
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Well, I have absolutely no idea what Freedom Call are trying to do anymore. Like, not even a clue. Everyone knows that they USED to play your typical over-the-top, cheeseball power metal, and were actually quite good at it. No, their music never had balls, but at least it was fun, catchy, and everything else that makes the European power metal scene so guiltily addicting. Unfortunately, their seventh studio album has none of that. In fact, it doesn’t really have much of anything. I’ll explain…

What makes this such a frustrating listen to me can be summed up pretty simply: there are fourteen tracks (which is too many, but that’s not the point), and yet only a handful can even be considered power metal; the rest are full of halfsy experimentation that’s more indicative of a band that’s out of ideas than one trying to move in a new direction. Now, this would be less of an issue if this wasn’t the third straight album in which Freedom Call were getting stuck somewhere between Euro power metal and radio pop rock, but it is. Just take a listen to “Rockin’ Radio” and tell me that the DJ voice and lyrics aren’t completely lame. “66 Warriors” sounds out of place at best; why are choirs even being used anymore? To cover up the lack of substance? I mean, they don’t even add anything. And, for a real treat, check out “Sun in the Dark”: a groove metal riff. Freedom Call, with a groove metal riff. That should seem like a good idea to no one, and not surprisingly, it doesn’t work at all.

Then, of course, there’s the one outlier: “Back Into the Land of Light,” with the triumphant horn intro, the sickeningly catchy guitar melody, and the anthemic chorus that makes you want to play it over and over again. You know, what you’d expect from a power metal album! But here, it sticks out like a sore thumb, as if to say, “Yeah, we still know how to write this type of music, and we might want to get back to it eventually”. To me, that screams lack of direction, as does the rest of this album. This brings us back to my main point: that Freedom Call have been stuck in this transitional phase for several years now, and while this track is good, it does nothing but muddy the album’s focus, having just as little place as the rest of the uninspired material. There are a few better tracks toward the end of the album, too, but by then it’s far too late to lift it back up from the depths of boredom-land.

Everything else about this album is fine. The production is fine (the vocals might be too loud, but Chris Bay is a good singer, so whatever). The art is fine. The song titles are not lifted from other bands (a la Circle of Life). It’s all set up for Freedom Call to make a heroic return to the world of power metal, but the band still doesn’t seem quite ready for that.

Bands change their sound. I get that. I encourage it, even; I would have been just as confused if Freedom Call just released Stairway to Fairyland for the seventh time over. But here’s the thing: the experimentation on Land of the Crimson Dawn isn’t even interesting. It doesn’t sound like the band is taking risks, or is even genuinely interested in trying something new. Rather, it seems like Freedom Call is simply going through the motions, releasing a new album because Steamhammer told them to without having the faintest idea of what to put on it. Mediocre at best, again.

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