MOONCRY is a German Metal band that desperately wants to be a Finnish Goth band. Thatís about all you need to know right there. The overall result isnít entirely repellent, but Iíll be damned if this isnít some of the most boring stuff Iíve heard all year.
The crux of the problem is that singer Sali Hasanís voice puts me to sleep. Iíve never been a fan of the male Goth monotone, and though Hasanís voice has a greater range than most Goth mumblers (likely due to his Power Metal training in POWERSURGE), it still sounds horribly inexpressive.
Possibly the highlight of the album is the guitarwork of sole axeman Berti Miller, who displays a level of skill higher than that of the average Goth guitarist. Rather than relying on thick chords the whole way through, Miller often mixes it up with Power Metal-like chugging and outright shredding. His IRON MAIDEN-like riffs on ďCurse Of The Seeking OnesĒ turn an otherwise drab song into something kind of interesting.
ďLegacy Of HopeĒ has got the chops in the instrumental department, but sadly doesnít back it up with quality songwriting. None of the songs stick out as anything better than average. Fortunately there are a few good guitar licks here and there, but nothing that redeems the album completely. Monotony incarnate.
(Online July 12, 2008)