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B. Czar - s/t (7/10) - Great Britain - 2008

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 13:08
Band homepage: B. Czar


  1. She Walks In Beauty
  2. Requiem
  3. Hor Ihr Lied
B. Czar - s/t

Robin B. Czarís self titled EP is certainly quite "bizarre" indeed. The three songs here are very interesting and very difficult to put into one genre or another. The first song is an upbeat tune with a lot of clean guitar parts and clean vocals paired with a bit of heavy distortion guitars, while the remaining two songs have a darker and more foreboding feel to them and are a bit heavier.

The songs as mentioned are fairly unique sounding, but Iíd have to say there are definite Power and Prog Metal influences here for the most part. Thereís also quite a bit of choir-esque vocal chanting in each song as well. The abundance of clean guitars and clean vocals give the album a bit of a mellow feel while still maintaining a harder edge.

The big problem with this EP is that itís just so rough around the edges. The production is not well done at all with the levels being all over the place. The guitar tone is extremely rough and youíll constantly be adjusting the volume up and down to try and hear all of whatís going on. It just sounds very unpolished. In the end though, this is an interesting set of songs and Iíd suggest checking it out if you get the chance.

(Online June 19, 2008)

Mark Palangio

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