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Artist: Balance of Power

Title: Book Of Secrets

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Balance of Power Book Of Secrets Album Cover


Category: Prog/Melodic Metal

Year: 1999

Label: Nightmare Records

Catalog Number: NMR 99112


Lance King lead vocals
Pete Southern guitar
Bill Yates guitar
Chris Dale bass
Lionel Hicks drums
Ivan Gunn keyboards
Rob Brown narration
First release with vocalist Lance King (The King's Machine), who is also owner of Nightmare Records. King became the vocalist when the band sent a demo recording of new songs to Nightmare Records in hopes of a new label deal. King, when asked if he knew of any vocalists, responded with "I'm your new vocalist!" More melodic metal than progressive with Malmsteen-like guitar solos. This also features vaguely Christian lyrics.


1.  Desert Of Lost Souls  
2.  Walking On Top Of The World  
3.  Book Of Secrets  
4.  When Heaven Calls your Name  
5.  It's Not Over (Until Its Over)  
6.  Do You Dream Of Angels  
7.  Seven Days Into Nevermore  
8.  Miracles And Dreams  
9.  Stranger Days (To Come)  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: octavio haces Date: May 14, 2001 at 20:48
i people i`´m a headbanger from mexico and the album is a grat jewel from all times, is grat, faster and beutyful. is a master piece from all times, thanks for all, see you in heaven and remember feel the power.....

From: DRAGONFLY Date: December 11, 2001 at 16:32
With members from "VANDAMNE" you can't go wrong. Pete Southern (Englands answer to Malmsteen),Lance King's ace vocals and Lionel Hicks drumming (one of rocks top 5 drummers) you can't go wrong. Buy this you won't be wrong. Can't pick just one song off of this release as a stand out. They all rock!!!!!!

From: chris c. Date: March 1, 2002 at 10:09
Outstanding, powerful and very melodic rock. A little keyboard heavy - which is cool - and a very different sound. vocals are excellent! For fans of Dream Theater or Queensryche with more pop.

From: Warlordy Date: January 19, 2003 at 13:51
Best thing money can buy,absolute 10/10!! As for prjects of them,USM are mediocre,Pride rule and Empire are very good too with a Mark Boals cooperation

From: T-BONE Date: January 29, 2003 at 10:34
Balance of Power have announced that they have parted company with vocalist Lance King. The band has since engaged a new and internationally known lead singer and when the legal details are finalised a further press release will be issued. Details will also be given regarding the band's new record label in the USA once contracts are signed.

From: Rycheage Date: June 22, 2003 at 15:10
Prog fans will love this record. It has all the essential ingredients: Huge keyboards, crunching guitars, fast riffs and big epic instrumentals, strong vocals and that familiar medieval theme. Add to that a monstrous DDD recording and this record is a winner. Prog haters stand clear - but I am sure that is plain to see by now. But fans should embrace this now.

From: figgy Date: April 24, 2005 at 3:50
Recently Balance of Power was brought to my attention . I comepletely fell in love with them! Quickly has become one of my favorites along with Queensryche and Wicked Synn ! Catchy choruses,great melodies, great vocal range,and awesome musicianship got me hooked.Very different from most christian metal bands.First class all the way!!!

From: Heavy.AOR Date: October 31, 2006 at 17:09
BRILLIANT 10/10.Here additional backing vocal Tony O'Hora.

From: juan carlos Date: March 14, 2007 at 0:29
Disco para darle sus buenas escuchas, Me recuerdan a Dream Theater(a la voz de LaBrie tb), Queensryche, Savatage.. Muy bien producidos, lo malo es que hay temas un par de temas muy largos que se me hace repetitivos. Solo 8 temas + 1 intro, "When Heaven Calls your Name" con un tremendo solo, "It's Not Over" y "Do You Dream Of Angels" son mis super-favoritas. La 7 es bien riffera pero repetitiva, la 8 es bien técnica pero muy larga. Tony o´hora y Tony Ritchie en los Backing vocals. 8.6/10

From: FiglT Date: March 28, 2007 at 22:41
One of perhaps a dozen albums in my collection that deserves a perfect 10. Lance King's crystal clear vocals are shiver-like perfect, Lionel Hicks' drums hard and heavy and Pete Southern solos strike notes that are just right. But the songs and melodies are what really shines. If you write tunes of this caliber, you can't go wrong. If I had to define the style, it would be something along the lines of melodic prog metal. Stunning.

From: z4roxx Date: June 4, 2007 at 12:32
I love bands such as Balance Of Power.Easy and catchy riffs,impressive melodies,not the samey generic tunes even if they don't discover nothin'Ok,but Lance King is a good singer(I LOVE Gemini,too!)and musicianship are all very good.Personally my fave release rest their debut because I remember the day I did buy it in 1997....

From: z4roxx Date: June 5, 2007 at 12:40
BTW this is an excellent piece of melodic class metal(where is prog here I don't know).If you like bands such as Vandamne or Monarch this is a must,my fave here is"It's not over".9/10!

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: October 13, 2007 at 2:49
GOOD CD 89/100 every things said on the initial comments above is right !More melodic metal than progressive with Malmsteen-like guitar solos. This also features vaguely Christian lyrics. so BUY IT....

From: ferstyx Date: October 15, 2007 at 19:07
Aqui ya es otra la historia, cambio de cantante(mucho mejor que el anterior) aunque por momentos demasiado agudo para mi gusto y un estilo mas heavy. Buena produccion y buen trabajo de guitarra. Tenia el anterior(japones) y el que le sigue originales pero solamente me quede con este.

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