2002's Golden Signs was the third release from German melodic power metal band Voice. I hadn't heard this band before, but I saw this album in a clearance bin so I figured it was worth trying. Sometimes these blind buys pay off (I never would have heard Mob Rules otherwise), and sometimes they don't. I think Voice falls into the latter category.
Voice plays a very straightforward, formulaic brand of melodic power metal. It's essentially the German power metal style Helloween pioneered nearly 25 years ago - galloping leads, catchy melodies, sing-song choruses and fantastic lyrical subject matter. The musicianship on Golden Signs is solid, the vocals are solid (, the songwriting...you guessed it - solid. This is a solid album, but that just isn't enough in such a crowded power metal scene.
Oh, and I could be mistaken, but there seems to be a Christian undertone to the lyrics on this album. I'm not saying that's a bad (or good) thing, but it's worth mentioning in that it may make the album more appealing to fans of Narnia and Kaledon.
As much as I enjoy German power metal, there's a limit to how much Helloween-style stuff I can handle. Voice just isn't delivering anything I haven't heard already from Helloween, Gamma Ray, Primal Fear and Freedom Call. Again, Golden Signs is a perfectly decent album, but unless you're a complete power metal fanatic, you probably won't have much use for it.