THE CODEX - Same - FRONTIERS
The Codex is a book of rules and covenants and similarly this album (“featuring Mark Boals” which makes me wonder what the rest of the 'band' thinks of this advertisement) sticks to the rules of the games and delivers a fairly straightforward melodic hard rock affair. Mark Boals vocals are known to anyone who has listened to the relevant Yngwie Malmsteen or Ring Of Fire albums. His voice is powerful and suited to the genre, but at higher ranges comes across as seriously flat. Guitarist Magnus Karlsson is seriously impressive in an Yngwie kind of a way, which is an interesting point in itself. Is Boals a sucker for punishment perhaps?
The Codex is rather versatile and while a song like Bring Down The Moon suffers from odd and uncomfortable phrasing and Running Out Of Hate is wimpy (keyboards bad, guitars good) there are several rocking hard songs to be found on the disc as well. Toxic Kiss is a metallic number of which the band should attempt more. The quantity is supplied as well with twelve songs that are mostly over five minutes. Boals and Yngwie fanatics need not look at older Yngwie albums. The Codex will do just fine. - Ali “The Metallian”