Because I found “Invincible” to be a enjoyable album, I decided to give “Archangel” a try as well. It’s evidently their third publicly released album.
I’ve reviewed Two Steps from Hell before, but they began as a production company doing music for movie and game trailers. Some of their more successful demo tracks were compiled to create albums for general release.
It appears that I’m not the only one that wished they would write something a little longer. Most of their tracks were around two minutes long, which in many cases is only enough to give you a single iteration of the melody. Perhaps they started remedying this in “Illusions”, but it’s clear they’re fixing that here. At least half of the tracks come in above three minutes now.
Beyond that there’s not much more to say about it. They still trend strongly toward “power songs”, like music for action movies. There are a few exceptions to this, but largely it’s in the same vein as “Invincible”, only “Invincible” did it better. That’s not to say there aren’t some excellent tracks; there are. But the over-all lack of variety does get a little tiring after awhile.
If you really like TSFH, you’ll like this album. It was still worth getting, but if you buy only one album, I’d recommend “Invincible” (Or “Skyworld”, but I haven’t reviewed it yet).