Released on the Steamhammer/SPV Records label, on the heels of 2016’s excellent Tales From Beyond, comes Beast Reborn, Mob Rules 9th studio offering. Recently celebrating their 25th anniversary since their formation, this release clearly proves that this German outfit has no intention of resting on their laurels anytime soon. Invoking images of faraway lands and travelers seeking the answers to the unknown, Beast Reborn is heavy with everything that is so great about Power Metal with glorious keyboards, layers of vocal harmonies, soaring choruses and power guitar chords. By way of comparison to Tales From Beyond, the music of Beast Reborn shows that Mob Rules have in a sense have reinvented themselves and the result a release that is louder, more full and daresay, epic. To put it in perspective, imagine the Metal of Helloween and the larger than life sounds of Dream Evil, Human Fortress, Dionysus or Excallion and you have an idea of what Beast Reborn is like. The addition of second guitarist Sonke Jansenn (also the guitarist of Vindictiv) was an excellent idea for the twin guitar attack gives Mob Rules a much fuller sound and feel.