Company: AFM Release: 2016 Genre: Power Reviewer: Eric Compton
Still compelling enough
I’m not sure I have anything to add to this band’s catalog good, bad or indifferent. It’s Brainstorm. German power metal. Double bass with harmonized vocals that preach unity and defiance via huge sing along chorus pieces. It’s the bastard of Accept crossed with Gamma Ray…and it has been that same formula for eleven albums stretched over 20 years. Hell, the band is so seasoned and experienced they invited their own children to come into the studio and sing the gang chants with them. True story. Look it up. Regardless of the well-worn path, ‘Scary Creatures’ still packs a wallop. “Where Angels Dream” provokes those Teutonic rages like a Grave Digger and Rage, Andy’s vocals still perfect and soaring with dramatic clarity. “Twisted Ways” and “Scars in Your Eyes” follows the same path and therein lies the problem. Its cut and paste on just about every album but the vocal melodies, production and addictive verse, verse, chorus, verse, verse, chorus, big solo, chorus repeat twice and finish big is still compelling enough. Love the album cover. I’ll take it in XL black cotton.
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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