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Brainstorm - Ambiguity (9/10) - Germany - 2000

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 57:52
Band homepage: Brainstorm


  1. Crush Depth
  2. Tear Down The Walls
  3. Beyond My Destiny
  4. Arena
  5. Coming Closer
  6. Darkest Silence
  7. Maharaja Palace
  8. Far Away
  9. Demonsion
  10. Lost Unseen
  11. Perception Of Life
Brainstorm - Ambiguity
Whoa! If this band continues to develop in that pace, you really have to fear for the future, hehe!

Freshly equipped with the former IVANHOE- and actual SYMPHORCE-vocalist Andy B.Franck, the guys from Southern Germany offer an album with "Ambiguity" that will catapult them near the Champions' League-places of the German First Division of Metal, because never before BRAINSTORM have been so diverse and good as now.

No matter which category of Power Metal you might take, the quintet excels in every one of them. After the fat opener "Crush Depth", which could also have stood on "Unholy", and the fast "Tear Down The Walls", "Beyond My Destiny" unveils a completely new facet of BRAINSTORM, because the 8+-minute-track shows a great mixture between orchestral and epic passages, but without letting go of the necessary heaviness.

Another highlight is "Maharaja Palace", with its oriental melodies at the beginning and also in the song itself, bearing its name deservedly. But also the ballad "Far Away" is a very fine piece, slightly reminiscent of SYMPHORCE, while the closing "Perception Of Life" lets your vertebrae crack once more with double-bass-driven Power Metal.

Who still calls BRAINSTORM a "hopeful band" after this album or negates their class, just cannot be a Metal-fan!

Alexander Melzer

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