Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
At Felony’s core are Markus Geiger and Thomas Brogli – two Swiss
guys that began work on their debut album once they found the
perfect singer: Andrea Richner. Part of the album was recorded in
Geiger’s home and the finishing touches were put on by the famous
producer Sascha Paeth.
Felony’s music can be described as symphonic melodic hard rock
that borders on classical hard rock, and having both a female and
male singer adds depth and personality to the music. There’re a
lot of longer instrumental passages in some songs, but that adds
to the dynamic sound too. You can tell that the band was probably
influenced by Nightwish when it comes to the arrangements and so
on, but what band in this genre hasn’t been?
Even though the music is well-played, sometimes there is too much
music and too many melodies instead of singing and that gets a bit
tiring. FIRST WORKS’ brightest moments are “Justice”, “Freedom”,
“After The Rain”, “Disappointed”, and “On Lifes End”. It’s a great
album, but there are things that still need work if the band wants
to go any further in the future.