jueves, 27 de octubre de 2016

Interview with BLUES FUNERAL

by Vpower

The Band: Blues Funeral
Country: USA
Answers by: Jan Kimmel  (guitar, vocals, organ)

Take good note of this name: BLUES FUNERAL, because if there is a Metal God above us (apart of Rob Halford among us) you will hear about these guys very often in the future, at least in the underground scene, which is our basic goal in Metalbrothers. These guys deliver a heavy metal approach with a classic core but seasoned with several metal styles. They are hard workers and moreover they have a natural leader in the figure of Jan Kimmel. They are the kind of band that love whta they do, and you feel it. “The Search” is their brilliant debut and if you have not listened to it yet this interview is a great first step to get into the Blues Funeral’s world. Thanks to Jan for his kind attention to Metalbrothers.es’ call (what else!).

Hello Jan and congratulations to the band for your fantactic debut album

Thank you! Hails to you as well!

For Metalbrothers.es it was a huge surprise to listen to your first album “The Search”, so we wanted no know more about your story, please enlighten us

Well firstly, we really appreciate you checking us out and giving us an opportunity to spread the gospel about our first album. We want the whole world to hear this thing!

In November 2014, the band that me, Maurice, and Cory were in, Sanctus Bellum, went on a hiatus due to personal commitments. Almost immediately, Maurice and I started talking about an idea we had kicked around for some time: a project that was much more heavily influenced by the music we loved from the 60's and 70's, with both of us singing, and with me adding some Hammond organ into the mix.

We recruited Cory soon thereafter and he was in with no questions, lucky for us. He then recruited Gabe, who studied with Cory at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University. So we got ourselves a classically-trained, master's degree rhythm section and started working on songs and Deep Purple covers.

We could say that Blues Funeral is the direct heir of Sanctus Bellum project, as three of the four members in the line up were in that band before?

We are eternally grateful for Sanctus Bellum founder Ben Yaker, who brought me and Maurice together (Cory and I had played with Ben when we were in college almost 15 years ago). Although we bring certain elements of Bellum with us, such as the twin-guitar attack which is heavy on leads and harmonies, this band is mine and Maurice's chance to show our own creative visions. So, no, I would not say that we are an heir of Bellum, because the whole idea behind this project is different.

Aha, right. The songs in “The Search” are completely brand new or you have rescued some material from your old band?

There were some licks and riffs, including most of Autumn Dream, which Maurice or I had come up with in Sanctus Bellum but were never able to use there. So, nothing was directly lifted from Bellum. I did lift a few things from previous bands and projects of mine that were not nearly as popular as Sanctus Bellum, but those are long defunct and I wrote the music.

Related to that, though...I should mention that Bellum is not officially done with; that band plays the occasional show here and there. But we are heavily prioritizing Blues Funeral.

And I understand why, because if you visit Blues Funeral’s Facebook you will check that there is a continuous flow of positive reviews from web sites all around the world. Did you guys expect a so warm and positive welcome to your album?

Of course! We're the best! Haha. The philosophy of the band was fairly simple, as I mentioned above. We wanted to, first and foremost, be true to our ideas and concepts. This includes spending hours and hours refining the songs, the harmonies, the melodies, the solos, and all the little details. I think that the positive reaction and the commentary that I've heard comes from an appreciation that we have spent so much time and energy crafting these songs, and then finding the right instruments and amplifiers to channel them through. You don't want to know how many "final" mixes we listened to before we sent the damn thing off to get mastered!

A hard work that has delivered its reward. So, how long did you work on “The Search”?

We wrote the songs from November 2014 to probably the beginning of 2016. Then, in around February of 2016, after we opened for Marty Friedman, we took a break from playing live and started recording home demos so we wouldn't spend any more time than we needed to in the studio figuring out effects, how many tracks to use, etc. We did 98% of the tracking in one weekend, then did miscellaneous tracking and mixing during another one. We had a few more sessions here and there and lots of discussion before we were happy with it. All in, from demos to mastering, it took several months.

Let’s talk a little about “The Search”. We are going to find so many good points in this album that is hard to underline only one. But for example, we could talk about the colossal riffs in the album...

Well there are definitely some big riffs in there because Maurice and I, who write most of the music, are huge fans of Cream, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, (the list goes on...) and of course Black Sabbath, who were the originators of heavy music using "the riff" as a songwriting device. You won't really find us doing too many ballads haha.

But...if you were to ask me what my personal favorite thing about The Search is, if I had to pick just one thing, it would be how much musical ground we cover on this album. We've got prog rock, hard rock, blues, and jazz going on, and some hints and echoes of folk and classical. Also, we aren't shy about song length so we love developing these themes and sometimes going from one to the other and back, like we do on the title track.

That’s true! The album sounds very classical to me, a lesson in elegance and atmosphere, the taste of the saventies, the touch of the 80s and a good portion of occult metal, it’s like a mix of past and present...

I think you're on point there. We basically take the ethos of the 60's and 70's and sprinkle in some guitar techniques from the 80's. There really isn't much of anything trendy in our music.

What has more weight in your approach: heavy, doom, rock...?

This is why I love the band so much - I really couldn't say it's just one thing. I'm a sucker for big rock songs with hooks. Cory loves groove (think bands like Clutch). Gabe comes from a more jam band background. And Maurice gets down to all sorts of satanic black and death metal. So there's your answer!

The song that gives name to this great album is one of my favorite, 9 minutes of superb composition that starts with a breathtaking solo...

Well, now you're making me blush. That was our first song actually because the licks themselves aren't as complicated, so it was something we could put together and then riff on. It was also called that because it's about my personal search for a lot of things, but also the band's search for a sound. Hell, that's why we called the album that too.

But yes that's probably my favorite track of the album too, and it's gotten a lot of positive feedback. I get to go off and solo on the keys, which I always enjoy. Somehow, miraculously, I was able to play the keyboard parts in that song in one take. And it's got a big rock chorus and a long intro and guitar and keyboard leads. It has a very special place for me.

Another trademark in the album is Palmdale, with a collection of so dark riffs that you will believe the judgment day is now...

I wrote Palmdale as an angry reaction to a very personal situation, so I'm glad it got the point across haha. This was meant to be a balls-out rocker and one of our heavier ones, but as you could probably tell, it was done in a more NWOBHM / early 80's style. We usually end our shows with it so we figured we'd do the same for the album.

How do you share out the composition tasks inside the band?

So far it's been me or Maurice who figure out most of a song on our own and then bring it to the band. From that point on, we put our touch on it: orchestrations, harmonies, drum and bass parts, etc. Everyone's got input and there's always some discussion.

Another strong point are the lyrics, they do have a meaning, what do you talk about?

The lyrics usually relate to personal experiences that we've had, with the exception of Autumn Dream, which was a story that Maurice put together, and Planet Void, which is more of a statement on the state of society and the world. They stem from personal experience or are in some ways dark tales that veil other reflections we have about the way we view the world we live in.

With this great work is unbelievable that you still have not been signed by a label. I suppose you are currently recieving tons of calls from labels around the world, right?

We've definitely had some interest but more couldn't hurt. Let everyone know!

It’s all said, if you have eyes, just read. When you put a work like this on the desk you make people greedy and begging for more. What can we expect from Blues Funeral in the future?

Our plans are to record around the same time again in 2017. We already have material for at least half of an album and are working on more as we speak!

Yeah! That was the answer I wanted! Blues Funeral is a band from Houston (Texas), how do you live Metal over there?

Houston has always been criticized for not having a good scene and not really having much live music to speak of. It's a sprawling (40 mile) city with like 5 million inhabitants. But the scene has always been there and especially in the last five years or so we've seen an explosion of new clubs and venues and more small- to mid-size bands coming through. There's a ton of death metal here and a very vibrant doom/stoner community that we're a part of.

We're good friends with bands such as Doomstress, the Dirty Seeds, Black Hole Caravan, and Funeral Horse, and we've played with those guys a ton on bills with Mothership, Deguello, Las Cruces, Helstar, Deadhorse, etc. Also, bands like Venomous Maximus and Oceans of Slumber are buddies of ours too and they tour and open for awesome bands like Ghost and Enslaved (respectively).

Finally, there are some badass online shows and podcasts like The Texas Metal Show and MSRCast, who have helped us get the word out about our scene to the rest of the world.

In short, we live it pretty big!

Sure, and to finish up, we would like to know what touring plans you have and if you ever will jump to Europe to burn up the continent?

We want to do a festival in Europe next year and attach a few dates around wherever that will be. Last week we got Roadburn's Album of the Day so that was pretty awesome because we would love to play that festival. We're definitely working on that because we love the European scene (South America has given us a lot of love too). Also, I'm from Poland and was born there and studied there, so I'm all about going to Europe whenever I can!

Your a box of surprises , Jan. Thank you very much for your dedication and this very interesting interview!

Thank you again for your help in spreading the Blues Funeral gospel! Tell your friends! And support your local scene - every band was at some point a local band!

Much love!

Seven Sisters - seven sisters (2016)

1.Destiny's Calling
2.Highways of the Night
3.The Silk Road
4.Seven Sisters           
5.Pure as Sin
6.Commanded by Fear
7.Gods and Men Alike
8.Cast to the Stars

Adam Thorpe  - Bass
Steve Loftin - Drums
Graeme Farmer - Guitars
Kyle McNeill - Guitars, Vocals

En algunos foros se habla ya de una nueva nwobhm, gracias a un puñado de bandas inglesas que están dejando grandes discos y mejores sensaciones. Los Seven Sisters se encuentran entre las bandas aventajadas de esta nueva ola inglesa. Me parece exagerado hablar de una nueva ola británica, pero si es justo decir que últimamente han salido bandas del Reino Unido dentro del heavy metal que nos están haciendo disfrutar de lo lindo. Recordemos los Dark Forest que también han publicado un gran disco este año, Ascalon, Amulet, etc

Pero como decía, creo que con este disco que se han sacado de la chistera, los Seven Sisters se ponen a la cabeza del meollo como una de las bandas más prometedoras de cara al futuro, pero que ya es toda una realidad. Es una banda de historia reciente, se formaron en 2013 y antes de este primer disco completo sólo habían editado una demo y un single. La puesta de largo no puede ser más espectacular. Comenzamos.

Destiny's Calling abre fuego a base de las clásicas guitarras dobladas de inicio, con un cierto deje a power añejo, a lo Helloween ochentero en esos riffs. Nos ofrecen un heavy veloz en este corte con un vocalista muy del estilo new wave, con ese deje entre pasota, desafiante y de sabedor de que el destino está escrito en las estrellas. Un corte de lo más clásico, te vendrán a la cabeza nombres como Maiden, Demon, Samson. Pero con una diferencia, hay bandas que suenan revival, otras como esta suenan como si acabasen de salir mismamente de la pantalla de tu televisor en plenos años 80.

Highways of the Night sigue más o menos en la misma línea pero con unas guitarras más gruesas, más cargadas. Heavy de mucha clase, me recuerdan a mis añorados Heir Apparent, una banda que practica un heavy con mucho estilo. Parada muy melancólica y ambiental a lo Angel Witch y salida con unos solos heavys cristalinos para enmarcar.

The Silk Road supone el primer corte en el que echan un poco el freno, un medio tiempo con un inicio con groove, roto después por una guitarra galopante al más puro estilo Riot, otro gran solo para la buchaca. Nueva pausa tirando de melodía y salida con solos speedicos, uno de esos cortes que hace que te pongas en pie, show time! Y es que es un tema que lo reúne todo, media velocidad, aceleración, atmósfera, solos para dar y regalar... qué más se puede pedir?

Seven Sisters tiene un inicio baladístico, mezcla de Rainbow y Scorpions, es decir, clasicomanía al poder, pero con estos chachos nunca te puedes fiar. Y dicho y hecho, cambio de ritmo estratosférico y a hacer headbanging como posesos. Es un tema muy emotivo, con una cierto romanticismo agrio a lo Stormwitch, parada con guitarra punteando con reverb a tope y salida speedica nuevamente.  De libro, y seguimos para bingo, 7 minutos de pura magia, otro de los temazos de este disco.

Pasamos el ecuador con Pure as Sin, medio tiempo de riffs power Usa a lo Riot, después desarrollo de riffs melódicos a lo Helloween. Comparado con el anterior corte no tiene su aúrea divina, es más sencillo pero rebosa actitud. Commanded by Fear es otro medio tiempo a lo Stormwitch, con lucimiento del vocalista que por momentos fuerza los registros de manera muy emotiva, otro tema que no nos da descanso y con un final repitiendo estribillo a lo Demon.

Gods and Men Alike se inicia con un breve solo que nos pone sobreaviso, heavy melódico de alto octanaje creciendo en intensidad y ritmo. En este tema a destacar especialmente los riffs tan acertados, de esos que se te clavan en el cerebro. Por desgracia llegamos al final, el disco es breve, pero ya sabéis el dicho... Cast to the Stars es el único tema donde las acústicas hacen acto de presencia, después de ese inicio un solo a lo Bronze, de nuevo el clasicismo en estado puro, supermelódico y pegadizo como una sanguijuela. Pero no se acaba ahí la cosa, saben endurecer el sonido del tema metiendo groove, no se les escapa una. Solo shred  y final con riffeo melódico a lo Rainbow y solo a lo Ozzy de principios de los 80. Solos concatenados para poner un brocho de oro a un tremendo disco.

Estos ingleses han jugado bien sus bazas, sonido clásico pero con la frescura de aquellas bandas que vivieron el movimiento y con ciertos momentos donde tiran hacia un heavy melódico más moderno. Sin duda, un disco imprescindible para todos los que gustan del heavy y del sonido nwobhm, escucha obligada.

Puntuación: 8,5/10

Troubled Mind - timeless (2016)

3.The Winner

Adolfo García-Gutiérrez (Popy): Voces
Carlos Aguilera: Teclados
David J. Fernández: Guitarras
Nacho Loras: Bajo
Javi Soriano: Batería

Troubled Mind surge en el año 1992 como proyecto de dos compañeros de instituto, David Fernandez (guitarras) y Carlos Aguilera (teclados).
Desde su formación hasta el año 2000 graban (junto a algunas colaboraciones esporádicas) multitud de demos, en su gran mayoría temas instrumentales que van desde el metal clásico de sus inicios hasta el metal progresivo. Tras su disolución y la integración por separado de varios proyectos y grupos, en el año 2013 el proyecto se retoma, ya como banda completa.

Y coincidiendo con esa nueva etapa se puede decir que, por lo menos por lo que este Ep contiene, los Troubled Mind han diversificado su orientación musica, ya que en esta grabación vamos a encontrar estilos tan dispares como had rock, progresivo e incluso AOR.

Se inicia este ep con Timeless, un tema que tiene un arranque con un riff progresivo machacón y con bastante apoyo de teclados. Temas cantados en inglés y profusión en el uso de las melodías, que son la nota predominante en este corte, por encima de la agresividad. Un corte entretenido que nos deja el habitual duelo entre guitarra y teclados.

Travel cambia totalmente de escenario y se enfoca hacia el hard rock melódico y el Aor. Nos dejan riffs melódicos muy logrados y pegadizos. Como corresponde a este estilo, es un corte mucho más comercial que el anterior, más pegadizo. Ralentización a mitad de tema, el abc del hard rock, para meter un solo melódico baladístico, muy bien ejecutado, con aire a los Magnus Karlsson, para que os hagáis una idea. Salida del tema con un riff interesante a lo TNT, Danger Danger. Es decir, este tema nos deja sonido clásico y un referente de buena calidad técnica.

The Winner tiene un excelente inicio con un solo melódico cargado de efecto atmosférico. En este corte los teclados vuelven a hacer acto de presencia de manera importante, pero a diferencia del primer corte tienen un sonido muy setentero, el sonido Hammond amigos. Es un tema de rock melódico bastante relajado pero con melodías muy logradas, te recordarán a grandes nombres de este rollo como Hughes o Clapton.

Y cerramos este ep con DragonLady, un tema que cierra el círculo y nos devuelve al principio, ya que de nuevo se basa en un estilo progresivo. El inicio con los teclados es muy de space metal y les ha quedado muy bien. Un poco de groove en este corte y un vocalista con criterio, como habéis podido comprobar se adapta a una amplia variedad de tesituras y estilos y lo hace con solidez y credibilidad.

Creo que el resumen que podemos hacer de este carta de presentación de los nuevos Troubled Mind es que son gente con buenas dotes compositivas y calidad técnica. Eso sí, deben perfilar más su estilo a la hora de abordar un futurible larga duración. Veremos por que estilo se decantan. Me gusta su vena hard rock pero es un estilo ya estancado y que no da más de sí, en cambio en el progresivo tienen una mayor amplitud de movimientos. La elección está en sus manos, pero podemos esperar que definan más su estilo y nos dejen un disco muy interesante en el futuro.

Carved in stone (by Wyruz)

viernes, 14 de octubre de 2016

Interview with SABOTER

by Vpower

The Band: Saboter
Country: Greece
Answers by: Antonis Vailas (vocals)

Usually, when you get to listen to a Greek band you know you will get feeling and passion, moreover if they have good technich and quality you know that you will enjoy as hell. And this is what happened in Metalbrothers when we listened to that fist of an album that is their first full length “Mankind is Damned”. Greek Heavy Metal all the way. We talked to the vocalist and learnt more about Saboter and other things, enjoy it.

Hello guys, the band was formed in 2014, tell us a little more about it

The band was formed in 2014 by me(Antonis Vailas) and Nick Markoutsakis based on Nick’s idea to make a heavy metal band,we were both members of the speed/thrash band overkast. Then the other members and friends Christophere Tsakiropoulos and Vangelis Felonis agree with this move and join Saboter.

Searching for info about Saboter I couldn’t avoid to see that drummer Vagelis Felonis has been in many projects before, is he the “capo” (boss) in the band?

No Vangelis isn’t the "boss", we have no "boss" but if you want an answer the responsible of the managment is me and Nick. Vangelis is a great talented musician also a totally restless person with many projects on his back. All members we are friends from our childhood so we played music together from our first steps, so as you understand we have learned what  team work means at first hand.

In 2015 you released the EP “Saboter”, it sounded right but we couldn’t expect what was coming with his successor, the excellent “Mankind is Damned”

The EP was just an experimet, then we built our sound and started working all areas that lacked. After a year of really hard work you got in your hands "Mankind is damned".

How long did you work on “Mankind is Damned”?

 A full year.

In my opinion “Mankind is Damned” is a perfect collective work, from the production, to the cover art till the heavy metal approach, all breathes classic heavy metal

It's exactly what we wanted to create, the fact that it begins to have your acceptance is something that makes us very happy.

We never say anything except what we think at Metalbrothers.es, so it’s all your merit. If I had to define your album I would say it is a fist, with tracks that get under your skin from the very first listening

We tried highly to have a consistency throughout the album, it is something which I believe that we succeeded.

Yes, indeed. In “Mankind is Damned” we are gonna find some classical elements with a perfect execution and feeling, like the twin guitars ala Judas Priest, right?

Yes you got totally right, the twin guitars, the thetrical vocals, the magic soundscape and many more.

Not everything is speed in your work, Assassins is a mid tempo with awesome atmosphere and brilliant guitar solos

We are not a speed band, we play in all tempo depends on what it fits and expesses us.Usually we build a song upon lyrics.

And the important is that you build it right. We also see the influence of the Iron Maiden sound in compositions like Marching Death?

Especially to me the influence of Maiden is large and this appears in all tracks I have compose but as band we are trying very hard to build our own sound and not just to stay on influences.Yes Marching Death is a slow epic style song that approaches the Maiden feeling.

I would like to talk also about Antonis Vailas (this is you) on vocals, in songs like Impaler you deliver darker tunes that make me dream with bands like Mercyful Fate

We all love Mercyfull Fate in the band, so it's not surprissing us that it reminds you that feeling.

The end with Sands of Time brings some epic sound, true metal in vein

 Sands of time is a completely epic style song with lyrics based on the existential quest of man and his fear of death.

Let’s talk more about it, now that you pick up the subject, what are the lyrics about in “Mankind is Damned”?

The album is based on a concept and every song is a part of it.We analyze the modern type of dictatorships with a fantastic futuristic story. Mankind is damned shows the levels of corrupted authorities, religion, politics, army, mass media, police and reveals the cruel face of this suppresive political estructures that can be true some day or maybe is already true in some way.
Also, it speaks about the power that makes the history repeated again and again with different faces, about the good give a way to evil and towards.

Another reason to get the cd and follow the story. Your proposal fits perfectly with the Greek metal community that lives Metal with pure intensity but it is also an international product that should put Saboter in the world map

 It is true that in Greece there is a new wave of metal, which is getting stronger and stronger. We hope that our work will find its response and will put us on the world heavy metal map.

By the way, how do you see the Metal scene in your country?

As i said before there is a huge wave with lot of bands in all kinds of metal with really great works and we are proud of this. Check out bands as Rapture, endless recovery, fyrecross, mentally defiled, releahed anger, dead congregation, necrochakal, sacral rage, exarsis, innerwish, nightbreed, convixion, the temple and many many more witch worth a listen.

Thanks for the recommendations! I thought you have signed by Witches Brew, at least it said so in the Metal Archives, but I have read in your Facebook that apparently there is no agreement. That means you have no contract right now?

Yes we never have an official contract with witches brew, all our aggreements are in words and now we are free and open to any purposal.

 In that case, how can the fan get your album “Mankind is Damned”?

They can still get the album from witches brew or contact us.

Spain and Greece share their love for Metal but it is not usual to see Greek bands in Spain or Spanish bands in Greece, instead we usually meet in the international fests. Do you have some dates already scheduled for the months to come?

We are extremelly interested to play in Spain but there is no offer yet,we hope soon play some live shows in your country. We have two already live dates in Athens, 9th of september and 17th december.

Thank you for your attention Antonis and we hope to continue enjoying your heavy metal in the future with new chapters!

Thank you for your kind words and we wish you the best for your work.
Antonis Vailas

Masters of Disguise - The Fine Art of Aging Gracefully (2016)

1.Torture Me (Omen cover)
2.Goblin's Blade (Heathen cover)
3.Battalions (Metal Church cover)
4.Back to Reign (Agent Steel cover)
5.Master of Disguise (Savage Grace cover)
6.Frost and Fire (Cirith Ungol cover)

Mario Lang - Bass
Kalli Coldsmith - Guitars
Alexx Stahl - Vocals
Jens Gellner - Drums
Wolle - Guitars (rhythm)

A algunos ya os sonorá el nombre de esta banda teutona, porque el año pasado se marcaron un pedazo de disco, The Savage and the Grace, y porque los miembros de la banda son gente con tachuelas en los huevos. Todo en esta banda respira old school. Desde el nombre de la banda que se han puesto y que es un homenaje al disco debut de los clásicos Savage Grace, por cierto, banda de la que han formado parte de su line up en las actuaciones en directo, pasando por el historial de cada uno de sus músicos.

Sí, y es que no se acaban ahí las referencias al cv de esta gente. Supongo que te sonarán también nombres como Griffin, Trance, Roxxcalibur (banda de versiones de la nwobhm que hemos entrevistado)... la lista es larga, y potente.

Aunque la banda se formó en 2013, ya cuentan en su haber con dos discos completos y dos EPs, este que os comentamos hoy es el segundo de ellos que han publicado este año. Se trata de un disco de versiones y he de decir que no soy muy amigo de este tipo de discos, pero cuando un grupo te hace versiones como las que esta gente han incluido en su grabación lo único que puedes hacer es alabar su buen gusto y disfrutar, una vez más, de estos clásicos inmortales.

Empiezan el disco con un tema de Omen y lo acaban con uno de Cirith Ungol... son una oda a la historia del metal under, ese que nunca envejece, pasen los años que pasen. Por el medio te dejan cortes de los Agent Steel, Metal Church y Heathen... casi nada al aparato. Partiendo de que es un disco de versiones no hay ninguna queja salvo que desearías que el disco incluyese más temas, pero es un ep amigos, y esto es lo que hay. En cuanto al estilo, pues se deja ver claramente que su rollo es el speed metal con pizcas de power, porque hacen suyos los temas con un plus de velocidad. Esto se nota especialmente en cortes más de heavy usa como los de Omen o Cirith, pero no llama tanto la atención en cortes de thrash como el de Heathen. En cualquier caso, también agradezco que le den su toque personal, porque para clavar el tema prefiero ponerme el original.

Estos Masters of Desguise tienen calidad, beben de las fuentes primitivas y ancestrales del metal y los respiran por todos sus poros. Y yo solo espero que pronto nos saquen su tercer larga duración, porque seguro que será la caña, otra vez. 

Vultures Vengeance - Where the Time Dwelt In (2016)

1. End of the Void (Intro)
2.A Curse from Obsidian Realm 
3.And The Wind Still Screams His Name 
4.On a Prisoner's Tale
5.Where The Time Stands Still

Matt Savage - Bass
Kosathral Khel-  Drums
Nail - Guitars
Tony T. Steele – Guitars, Vocals

Para el 7 de octubre se prepara la salida de este ep de esta banda italiana de heavy metal. Temas que adorarán los amantes del sonido clásico del heavy de toda la vida. Se publica a través de Gates Of Hell Records en una edición muy limitada de 500 copias en vinilo y otras 500 copias en cd, además de la versión digital.

Los Vultures Vengeance, nombre épico donde los haya, nacen en 2009 y lo suyo es el heavy metal clásico de toda la vida, solo tenéis que observar en la foto las pintas que se gastan, podría colar como una foto de una banda de los 80.

Vamos con la chica de este Ep, que ya os puedo asegurar que a los clasicómanos, como el que escribe, nos dejará sedientos y pidiendo más tralla. Esperemos que no tarden mucho en sacar su primer larga duración. Hasta la fecha solo habían editado una demo con tres temas, así que ahora es cuando la cosa se empieza a ponerse seria.

Después de una breve intro, A Curse from Obsidian Realm arranca con unas guitarras heavys de riffs tope nwobhm y con ambiente occult metal. La voz me recuerda mucho a los grandes Cloven Hoof, los de antes, no los de ahora que están echados a perder. Despliegue de heavy veloz ochentero y con tachuelas, clásicos a más no poder, con riffs y galopadas que te harán revivir los mejores momnetos de este adorado deporte llamado heavy metal. Solos speedico sin aflojar en ningún momento el ritmo. Colegas, si esto no os pone a mil es que os habéis equivocado de rollo.

And The Wind Still Screams His Name nos da la bienvenida con un brutal inicio de guitarras, riffs de speed psycho black. No cabe duda de que atesoran gran calidad pero lo que marca la diferencia en esta banda con la media es que sus riffs son sencillamente titánicos y demoledores. De nuevo ese sonido ochentero que nos traerá recuerdos de unos Maiden, Cloven Hoof, un  poco del power speed de los ADX y otro del occult de los Wytchfynde. Además tienen un voceras de lujo y las melodías parecen apadrinadas por los mismísimos Heavy Load. Introducen una parada con riffeo melódico y aires épicos a medio tiempo. Esto es heavy con mayúsculas.

On a Prisoner's Tale es un tema de más de 8 minutos, ya véis que estos tipos se atreven con todo, tienen pegada pero no se quedan solo en la superficie. En este caso tenemos un inicio con riff doom, ritmo lento hasta que se produce el consabido cambio y la galopada brutal. De nuevo, los riffs clásicos y el punteo true ochentero, un medio tiempo de esos que en directo dejan al personal literalmente exhausto de echar cuernos y menear el cuello. Te vendrán a la cabeza grandes maestros de ceremonias del género como los Mindless Sinner y los Pagan Altar. Paradas, aceleraciones, melodías, lo tiene todo. Temazo absoluto.

Por desgracia esto se acaba de momento con Where The Time Stands Still, un corte muy atmosférico de guitarras dobladas. Un tema instrumental, otra prueba más de que estos italianos van a degüello y no dejan nada en la nevera, la fiesta por todo lo alto. Ambiente occult metal en la parada y salida con un riff antológico, para terminar con un solo clásico a lo Maiden.

Señores, esto es un pedazo disco, se trata de un Ep y por ello, siguiendo nuestra política de evalución, no le damos puntuación, pero si tuviese tres temas más estaría sin duda alguna entre mis discos del año. Lo suyo es la esencia del heavy, con mucha carga atmosférica y mucha energía. Ojo a esta banda que puede marcar un antes y un después dentro de la vertiente más elaborada del heavy clásico. De sombrero. 

Full Throttle (by Kryptos)

miércoles, 12 de octubre de 2016

Interview with DARK FOREST

by Vpower

The Band: Dark Forest
Country: United Kingdom
Answers by: Christian Horton (guitar)

Dark Forest is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary next year and their path cannot be brighter, after this year’s forth full length "Beyond the Veil", the band confirms his status as one of the references in the current heavy metal scene and the years to come, every step they give bring them to a wider audience, commanded by captain Horton, no tricks here.

Hello Christian, thank you for this interview and congratulations for your new album "Beyond the Veil"

Thanks very much!

The band has been active since 2002, one demo, 3 EPs and 4 full-length albums later what are the sensations in Dark Forest compared to those early years?

   It's been a long journey since those early days. We started off at rock bottom, not fully knowing what we were doing, just playing as many local gigs as possible and constantly writing songs. We've had various line up changes and all kinds of experiences along the way, good and bad, but now we're easily the most comfortable and also musically creative we've ever been. The one thing that has always stayed the same though is the original vision, the flame of inspiration has never been extinguished.

The band has gone through some line up changes. For example, what has been the contribution of last guys to go on board as Jenkins on guitars and Winnard on vocals?

   Yeah they have been the most important thing to happen to Dark Forest since the formation. We never really had the right line up before. Everyone who has been in the band in former years contributed in some way and will always be fondly remembered, but now we feel that we have the perfect line up. Pat and Josh both share my musical vision and their talent, Pat as a guitarist and Josh as a vocalist, is amazing.

Your previous album, The Awakening, was a big step for the band in terms of popularity and quality, with great reviews. Comparing your new album "Beyond the Veil" to that one, what would you say?

   I'd say they were quite different from each other. The Awakening had this brooding, darker feeling to it, a lot of the lyrical content had a sort of protest feeling going on. Beyond the Veil is far more uplifting and high octane. The songs have an excitement to them and also the lyrics deal with very different themes, going more into folklore and legend.

How long did you work on "Beyond the Veil"?

   Well the song writing process itself actually started before The Awakening was released. We're constantly writing songs you see, so you just get to a point when you have enough for an album. Studio time we ended up spending eight days recording and quite a few more mixing.

Who has pushed more forward in terms on composition in the new album?

 I'v always done the bulk of the writing but this is the first album where Josh has had some contributions, (The Awakening was actually written before he joined the band) but also Pat has written a good deal too. The Wild Hunt was composed entirely by him, the lyrics being added by myself. So we've been working together a lot more for this album compared to in the past.

12 songs and more than 70 minutes of music, some people might say it is too long... what do you think?

 I don't really understand how an album can be too long, if you're a fan of a band and their music, how can you have too much? You're just getting more music for your money's worth. There's also been many, many bands from the 70's onwards who have made huge albums so I don't really know where that idea has come from.

I don’t know either, but it sounds as empty words to me, as long as we get quality the more the better. You are going to release an especial vinyl edition in a luxurious gatefold including an A2 poster. How did you get the idea?

 That was our record label Cruz Del Sur Music. It had to be a double gatefold album really because of the album length, but it was the label who had the idea to include a poster and stickers, something we also completely approved of ourselves.

Yes, you have signed by the prestigious Italian label Cruz del Sur Music, which offers a great roster of underground and cult bands, how do you feel with the guys?

 Yeah it's a really good relationship we have with them. We're more than happy being with Cruz Del Sur, there's some really good bands on the label like our friends Atlantean Kodex, we're in good company!

Sure as the sky is above us. After four albums, Dark Forest sounds like an important name to many people, do you still feel as an underground band or those times are past and Dark Forest is a band for all fans?

 I don't think our attitude has ever changed and we still feel the same way about ourselves as we always have done. It's a fact that we're an underground band but we've always thought of ourselves as a band for anyone, all fans. No matter who the person is, if you like our music then we really appreciate you and would like to buy you a pint!

Another good reason to be a fan :) In this "Beyond the Veil" the band shows a balance between the classic twin-guitars heavy metal and the elements of folklore, tradition and medieval melodies

 Yeah there is a lot more of that atmosphere on this album. It's something that we did quite heavily in the early days but we kind of toned it down it for a while. I've always been a very keen reader of folklore, mythology and history so I decided it was time to incorporate more of that into the music again. It just feels right, it's the direction we want to carry on with.

What are the lyrics about in "Beyond the Veil"?

 They range from topics of folklore and legend, such as The Wild Hunt dealing with a piece of Scottish fairylore about the Unseelie Court and The Undying Flame which is a take on the fated story of Lancelot of Guinevere to topics of natural magic, paganism and the supernatural world like in Autumn's Crown and On the Edge of Twilight. The Lore of the Land is to do with mythology and folktales being archetypes that record the story of human history, where we've come from and who we are. The title track is written from the theosophic view point of how nature spirits interact with the physical world.

Many people compares Dark Forest with bands such as Cloven Hoof, Slough Feg, Iron Maiden or Skyclad, how do you feel about it?

 Yeah that's fine with us, I like all of those bands, in fact I used to be a member of Cloven Hoof so it's not a problem at all!

What is your favourite song in the new album?

 It tends to change depending on how I'm feeling, but at the moment I'd have to say either Where the Arrow Falls or On the Edge of Twilight.

We get no fillers in "Beyond the Veil", for example I really like the majesty of Blackthorn or the heavy attitude in Autumn’s Crown

 Thanks, yeah I obviously try and root out anything that might be considered filler. If there is a song which isn't quite up to standards we tend to re-work it, change it around, drop sections and write new ones until it's good enough and we're happy with it. That's where the other members also come in useful, sometimes when you're writing so much music, you can loose track of what's good and what's not. It's always good to have constructive criticism although I usually just end up with "come on, you can do better than that!".

One of the strongest points of your work is the great composition and the variety of sounds you include along the whole album

 Well thanks again, I can't really comment much on that, we like to think that what we've created is good and we were all very proud of this album, when we were in the studio, we just knew we'd created something special. If other people agree then that's great!

Do you have any tour dates scheduled to promote your new album?

 We've got a few festival slots coming up, Harder than Steel in Germany on 1st October and Hell Over Hammaburg on the 4th March. There's also a few other things in the pipeline including something special next year for our 15th anniversary!

Yes, a great an emotional moment for the band. As a British band, you would say the British Metal has lived better times or you still have a strong scene?

 It's a lot better than it was ten years ago that's for sure! When we started we couldn't find any other bands who played even remotely the same style. There has been a resurgence recently of young bands playing traditional heavy metal though which is great. Obviously it will never be the same as it was in the 70s and 80s but at least it seems to be in a better state now than it has ever been in the last twenty odd years.

What are your plans for the future?

 Continue to write music, play gigs and drink vast quantities of Bathams Best Bitter.

Thank you Christian for the interesting chat and wish you a great success with "Beyond the Veil"

You're welcome, thank you very much, cheers!

Slammin' Thru - things to come

1.Metallic Leaves
2.Things to Come
3.Disguised Queen
7.Seeing Eye

David - Vocals
Alberto - Guitar
Óscar - Guitar
Guts - Bass
Adrián - Drums
Axel - Keyboards

Los Slamming Thru son una banda española, de A Coruña para más señas, activa desde 2002.En su curriculum figuraban hasta ahora un ep y anteriormente una demo, así que este que os comento hoy es su primer larga duración. Va de metal progresivo con mucho gancho, aviso a navegantes.

Arrancamos con Metallic Leaves y lo hacemos con un heavy a medio tiempo, buen despliegue de riffs y ambientación setentera, con una voz sicodélica que encaja perfectamente en esa tesitura. Ojo al cambio de ritmo que además nos lleva por derroteros stoner y progresivos, para finalmente retomar la vena setentera.

Things to Come tiene un inicio tranquilo a base de acústicas y rollo progresivo, poco a poco nos van dejando muestras de que son una banda con estilo, que sabe hacer bien las cosas y con sabor intenso en sus temas. Este es un medio tiempo que combina heavy y progresivo con aceleraciones y su dosis de groove. Buen solo y buenos arreglos, pero sin recrearse mirándose al espejo y durmiendo al personal, mantienen la intensidad en todo momento.

Disguised Queen presenta un inicio de acordes futuristas y luego un cambio que nos mete de lleno en su heavy progresivo. Las voces en este tema me recuerdan mucho a las de los grandes Diamond Head, pero los de los buenos tiempos, con ese deje ochentero. Riff que se repite a lo largo del tema, cambios de ritmo y finalmente una marcha más cargada de groove, todo ello aderezado con solos para dar y tomar. Este es el camino, chachos.

Break es un breve interludio acústico que da paso al que es en mi humilde opinión el temazo del disco, Undisclosed. Se inicia como medio tiempo metiendo guitarras atmosféricas y cierto rollo stoner. Aceleración con melodía muy pegadiza, un tema que combina toques modernos de groove con el sabor añejo de la nwobhm. De nuevo, el vocalista me sigue pareciendo un tipo muy valioso, con una interpretación que le da un aire estupendo al sonido de estos gallegos. Solo añejo, ralentización y solo melódico heavy, final por todo lo alto, y como os decía un pedazo tema a la buchaca.

Pariah es un corte progresivo, aunque ellos siempre ponen el acento en el sonido heavy, no os esperéis un progresivo de esos de catón, algo que yo personalmente agradezco, porque no me gustan demasiado las florituras gratuitas ni los lucimientos porque sí. Una vez más, David se adueña del tema desde el micro. Pero nos guardan una sopresa en forma de aceleración con riff heavy, metiéndole caña al tema y final con punteo speedico.

Seeing Eye cierra el disco con armonías progresivas y ritmo a medio tiempo. Es un tema más elaborado o complejo, sobre todo en los ritmos y en unos solos mucho más desfasados, pero nunca pierden del todo la orientación heavy y nos dejan sus buenos riffs para hacer headbanging.

Muy buen disco el de estos coruñeses que de la noche a la mañana se colocan como unas de las bandas nacionales jóvenes y con más futuro dentro del estilo. Un progresivo light que se lleva mucho ahora, con incursiones en otros estilos, buena instrumentación y una voz por encima de la media. Recomendada su escucha.

Puntación: 7,5/10

Highrider - armmagedon rock (2016)

2.Agony of Limbo
3.The Moment (Plutonium)
4.Semen, Mud and Blood

Andreas Fagerberg - Bass, Vocals
Carl-Axel Wittbeck - Drums
Eric Rådegård  - Guitars
Christopher Ekendahl – Keyboards

Este es el primer material que sacan a la luz estos suecos formados en 2013. Salió publicado a través de The Sign Records, un ep de 4 temas que nos sirve para introducirnos en el mundo de los Highrider.

El primer tema, de nombre indescrifable, al menos para la que os habla, que es de letras, nos presenta un heavy con mucha potencia en el micro y también con su punto punkarilla y sicodélico en las guitarras. Sonido retro en toda regla y muy buena parada ambiental con arrancada a base de redoble de batería. Me parece un heavy bastante americano por momentos, con su apoyo de teclados me recuerdan bastante a los Wasp de los últimos 20 años, es decir, de los últimos discos.

Agony of Limbo nos presenta un ritmo de heavy speed sucio y oscuro, con voces agresivas, incluso diría que toman prestado del death metal ciertos matices oscuros, algo que no es de extrañar teniendo en cuenta el lugar de procedencia de esta banda. Si no fuese por los teclados diría que en este tema tiran hacia un sonido heavy americano a lo Tyrant, es decir oscurillo, aunque están lejos de la majestuosidad de esos dioses. Parada con mucha presencia de teclados y guitarras bizarras, sonido occult en cierta medida.

The Moment empieza a modo de doom progresivo, siempre buscando ese ambiente esotérico que es lo que más me atrae de su apuesta heavy, le da un sabor especial. Buenas aceleraciones y el voceras dejándose las cuerdas en este tema. Interesante solo melódico y limpio que contrasta con la oscuridad de la composición.

Semen, Mud and Blood pone el colofón a este ep a base de rollo death melódico. Ralentizan por momentos el tema y le meten un doom epic, otro corte con sustancia. Saben meter vibración a los temas y buena ambientación, se desmarcarn del heavy clásico y tiran hacia un heavy de occult metal que ejecutan la mar de bien.. Interesante banda a seguir. 

Carved in Stone (by Wyruz)

lunes, 3 de octubre de 2016

Interview with ARMORY

by Vpower

The Band: Armory
Country: Sweden

Armory is a band that all fans of Speed Metal will enjoy, but it’s more than that, they season their speed attack with some classic heavy and thrash tunes that enrich their proposal. Young and with many things to say in the future, the kind of band I would very much like to see playing live.

Hello Armory and congratulations for your first full-length album! But before going for it, let’s review today’s history lesson, what is the origin of Swedish act Armory?

Armory rose up from the ashes of a thrash metal band under the late summer/fall of 2012. We recorded our first demo “Open Fire” during the following months and was released early 2013, but we were not quite satisfied with the result. A year later we entered the studio once again to record our second demo “S.M.I.” which was released during the early spring of 2015. During the months between the first and second demo G.G. Sundin switched from bass to guitar and Anglegrinder joined as our new bass player. We had now a complete line-up for the first time since the band got started. “S.M.I.” got good reviews and sold out in just three months. After this minor success we felt we’d really had found our own sound and started to write songs for a full-length album. In the fall of 2015 we entered Black Path Studios and recorded “World Peace... Cosmic War”, and as soon as it was ready we searched for a record label to release us. High Roller Records was the one we wanted to sign with the most and we were thrilled to find out they wanted us to be a part of their family.

You guys look young but you have been in other bands before, what are your main influences?

Mainly the American speed metal scene such as Agent Steel, Savage Grace and Helstar as well as the great H.M. bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Running Wild. -Armory develops basically a classic speed metal, right? Yes. We play our own style of speed metal, which is also quite colored by our Swedish heritage and the darkness of the universe.

You have signed by High Roller records, I usually think that the label you have signed for talks clear about what you do, so in the future when you sign by Nuclear Blast probably you will be doing some commercial stuff hahaha, what do you think?

High Roller did not have any impact on our album at all, as it was already fully completed before we signed to them. However, High Roller was always our first choice of label and we are very happy about working together with them. And regardless of what label we will end up on in the future, we will always continue doing what we believe in and play music that comes from straight from the depths of our hearts and souls.

What are we gonna find under the enigmatic “World Peace… Cosmic War” in terms of lyrics?

We are very inspired by the mysteries of the universe, various dystopian visions of the future, old metal and the unknown in general. Even if our lyrics span many different areas, there are recurring themes for the careful listener – for example the eternal and destructive spiral humanity has always been caught in. Most of the lyrics also relate to who we are, where we come from, our place in the universe and where we might go from here – all on different levels and dimensions, both as individuals and as a species as whole. The title track is obviously about interstellar warfare, but there is a deeper meaning embedded in the lyrics as well. Our belief is that if the human race would – against all odds – achieve a global and complete world peace, we would quickly direct our greedy gazes towards other planets instead. And so the destructive cycle would begin anew on a cosmic scale. But the only thing that could cause such a world peace in the first place is probably an alien attack by hostile extraterrestrial beings.

I like the aggressiveness and the under touch in Konstapel P’s vocals, it sounds very classical

Konstapel P has always been inspired by the combination of aggression and melody in the voice of for example Tom Araya. With this aim in mind, he always seeks to utilize his vocal capacity to the fullest.

I would also underline the brilliant work the two axes have done, there are guitar solos in this album where you simply can’t stay seated, unless they tie you to the chair…

Thank you! Guitar harmonies and solos have always been important in most kinds of heavy music, but perhaps more so in speed metal than in many other subgenres. While we haven’t really put any more effort into arranging the guitar parts of the album than any of the other instruments, the fact that four out of our five band members plays the guitar means that we naturally tend to favor writing the guitar parts first, and then continue with the arrangements for the other instruments. Our two guitar players have quite different playing styles as well, which gives a nice contrast to the music. Ingelman favors playing in a relatively clean and controlled manner, while G.G. is more of the “fast-and-wrong” kind of guitar player.

Although the speed metal is dominant in your music, you also deliver some good heavy metal touch in the middle, like in Phantom Warrior

Oh yes, we are very inspired by the great heavy metal acts of the eighties, as already stated. This have always been, and will always be, a big part of our identity and music.

Even we get some thrash metal dose in some songs, right?

 Yes, for sure. All of us are thrashers with our feet deeply rooted in the thrash metal soil. We by no means strive to play thrash of any kind, but the dirtiness and aggressiveness that seems to color all of our music and give it thrashy feel.

I was also surprised by the duration of the last song on the album, Space Marauders, it’s not easy to find a speed metal song of over 10 minutes…

It was never meant to be that long, actually it wasn’t even meant to be an Armory song originally. But as the song progressed we felt that all the pieces just fell together, and in our opinion it makes a perfect ending to our album.

How long did you work in the composition of the album?
A bit less than a year. We started writing the songs shortly after recording the “S.M.I.” demo, and completed most of them in around six months. Then we practiced them and perfected them for another couple of months before entering the Black Path studio in November last year.

Sweden is in the first division of Metal, but one has the idea that Speed Metal is not the strongest part of it. In Europe maybe the longest tradition in speed metal comes from Germany or center Europe, what do you think?

Yes, you are right – Sweden is not a big speed metal country. Other than us and Enforcer and Tyranex, there are not many bands playing speed metal right now (there are also some non-active speed metal side projects such as Cranium, The Hidden and Steel). But there’s a huge fanbase here, so hopefully a new Swedish speed metal scene can rise from the underground soon!

You are originally from the city of Gothenburg, there you must be very popular or maybe some kind of heroes or there are so many bands that it’s just normal?

We are not heroes by any means, but those who listen to speed metal usually know who we are. The fact that there are almost no other bands around here playing our style of metal means that we can stand out a bit in an otherwise hugely overpopulated metal scene. Sometimes it feels like almost every metalhead here plays in at least two or three bands!

Awesome! What touring plans do you have?

None at the moment, except for our release gig here in Gothenburg and then a trip north to lay waste to Stockholm. We would love to go south as well… If you want to come to your area, tell it to your local bookers!!

There is the message! What are your expectations as a band in the long-term?

We will continue doing this and playing the music that we love for as long as we have the fire still burning strong within us. It doesn’t matter if anyone listens to us or not, but at the same time it is always nice to get appreciation from our fans. And finally, as Bad News once put it; “all I wanna do is drink as much as I can – that’s why I’m a member of a heavy metal band!”.

Thank you very much for your attention, if you wish to add something…

Thanks to Highlander and anyone else who might be reading this. See you all on the field of battle, the Cosmic War will begin on the 19th of August!

La Bottega del Tempo A Vapore - il guerriero errante (2016)

2.Fumo d'anime
3.Ordine e follia
4.Arabeschi sentieri
5.Mendicanti luridi
6.Eterea fusione
7.Urlanti demoni
8.Vita sospesa
9.Ombra di falce

Alessandro Zeoli - guitar
Alfredo Martinelli -  narration
Angelo D'Amelio - saxo
Angelo Santo - vocals
Gabriele Beatrice - drums
Giovanni Santamaria - guitar
Giuseppe Barbato – bass

Aquí tenemos el que creo que es el segundo esfuerzo musical de esta banda italiana, digo creo porque no hay mucha información sobre los mismos y la que hay es poco clara. Así que vamos sin más dilación con la chicha del disco.

Después de la intro, Fumo d'anime es un tema que se inicia con armonías orientales, por supuesto cantan en italiano como puedes fácilmente deducir por el título de los temas. No es un tema especialmente potente pero si entra fácil, se podría definir como heavy melódico progresivo.

Ordine e follia arranca con ritmos folk bastante alegres, pausados y muy ambientales. Luego un solo y voces superpuestas que contribuyen a la sicodelia de este tema. Un corte con mucho feeling, más atmosférico que contundente, repleto de solos que no buscan el lucimiento sino la efectividad. Buena labor de la base rítmica y final melancólico a base de piano.

Arabeschi sentieri tiene un arranque a base de sintetizadores que crea un ambiente que podríamos definir como muy propicio a la ciencia ficción, a medida que entra la base rítmica evolucionan hacia su folk progresivo. Gran solo melódico, pero sobre todo a destacar una vez más lo logrado de la ambientación, sin descuidar un solo detalle. Es como si a unos Dark Forest le metieses el rollo progresivo, o a unos Dream Theater el rollo heavy, lo que hace que su escucha sea fácil y relajada.

Mendicanti luridi me recuerda mucho a los añorados Conception, grandes melodías y elegancia por arrobas en este tema, destacando voces y guitarra. Eterea fusione es una balada acústica, tranquilita a más no poder, tiene su encanto y la entrada del saxo le da un toque diferencial y emotivo, demuestran una vez más que tiene clase para dar y tomar. La segunda parte del tema evoluciona hacia el progresivo a medio tiempo, con piano y un solo de guitarra largo como un oasis, temazo.

Urlanti demoni es un tema en el que tiran más hacia el progesivo de toda la vida, más estándar, aunque con su factor folk ambiental. Lo que más me gusta de este corte es el papel que juegan los teclados, le meten tensión al tema, un punto de locura que lo hace fresco.

Vita sospesa es una mezcla entre progresivo y heavy, con buenas voces y melodías, nunca caen en lo empalagoso, gente con mucho criterio. Ombra di falce es quizás el tema más progresivo y loco de todo el disco, con su inicio en plan Dream Theather, seguido de parada y buen solo y ritmos de heavy true, para acabar con un saxo en plan jam session total. El disco lo rematan con una breve pieza a base de sintetizadores y piano.

En definitiva, banda poco conocida pr estos lares, que con este muy buen disco pone su carta de presentación para hacer cosas importantes dentro del mundo del progresivo, quizá les falte promoción a nivel internacional, pero tienen la calidad suficiente para estar girando por ahí adelante.

Puntuación: 8/10