Type: CD Company: Mighty Music Release: 2017 Genre: Power Reviewer: Eric Compton Published: 4/6/2017
Swedish prog-power that is defined and enhanced through modern production
Prime Creation actually distributed this self-titled debut back in May of 2016 through Sweden's Rambo Music and co-released with Silent Wall Productions. In January, 2017 the band signed with Denmark's hot-shot newish label Mighty Music to re-release the album in April, 2017. This Swedish five-piece culminated with Kim and Robin Arnell (both ex-Morifade) teaming with former Morifade band mates Henrik Weimedal and Matthias Kamijo. On vocals is Esa Englund from Hellshaker and $ilverdollar.
Musically, this is a groove-laden foray into heavier metal than the band members' prior experiences. Its chunky rhythms are laced with keyboards that outline a progressive-power metal sort of listening experience. Esa Englund's vocals are spot-on and compares to Edguy's Tobias on higher notes and I can hear some S.L. Coe (ex-Angel Dust, ex-Scanner) in the mid-range. It's a really good sound and even dips into more aggressive notes (2:15 on "Born in Fear"). It's a long way to the top...but not for Englund.
"In the Red" has a mid-paced delivery that is highlighted by double-bass and some "mechanical" factory precision riffs. The arrangement works to boost the melodic chorus section at the 1:20 mark. "Scream" is a really nice addition on the back-end but damned if doesn't borrow In Flames with that riff (I think it's "Sounds of a Playground Fading"). The closer, "Crown of Creation" has that melodic Gothenburg sound mixed with something more akin to Dickinson's solo album. I hate to cite other artists but that's the best comparison for this sort of modern landscape.
Overall, really cool band with a modern expression, all factory polished to withstand the elements. It's only a debut, it's already a year old and I'm really curious to hear what the guys are working on now. This could be a band to watch in 2018 when a sophomore album hits and the tour dates start to string together. The prime-time could be around the corner for Prime Creation.
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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