Yes, you’ve read that correctly, the power metal juggernaut A Hero For The World have recorded a series of songs based on the music by Elton John and the acclaimed musical by Disney. In time for the release of the live action movie, A Hero For The World will release The Lion King: A Rock Opera.
“Circle Of Life,” starts things off, with a haunting vocal line, and some soaring choral arrangements, before the guitars come in. And as they do, things take a turn, the power metal influence comes oozing out. Big and bombastic setting the stage for everything to come. “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” is a trip, filled with hope and youthful boundfulness it creeps and twists, the vocals are on point. The exchanges are quite something entirely. “Be Prepared,” is haunting and terrifying, the symphonic elements really bring things to the fore.
“Hakuna Matata,” shreds like a monster, with things going one way and then another. You really get the feeling that the band are loving every moment of this and why wouldn’t they? “Shadowland,” is a blistering anthemic turn that takes things to an interesting movement. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” is an interesting cover, shifting through the bounds and moving up and down to bring about some fascinating twists and turns. “Endless Night,” a slowed down ballad that twists through everything. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” is epic simply put. There’s no other words needed to describe how legendary it is. “We Are One,” another anthemic song that jives and twists with grace and power.
There are also bonus features of different versions of songs appearing on the record as well as some instrumental covers which are simply fantastic. This album is out on 19th July be sure to get it.