Itīs important to give kudos to a band that truly strives, for artistic reasons only, to create a sound that has atmospheric depth but still has the catchy melodies and strong, heavy rhythms. Thatīs what this Russian band is doing on their debut album, firing soul searching keyboards moods entwined with Power, Thrash, Classic and Death Metal instrumental sonics, a bit too much for my taste, but still... kudos!
Ok, so far so good. Taking things one step further by adding the usual standard electronics, growls, cheesy AOR like male vocals, and enchanting female singing that sound alot like Tarja Turunen (which together with the aforementioned keyboards, give the music an atmosphere that can only be described as NIGHTWISH trying out Death Metal), the sound comes across as schizophrenic rather than good. It bothers me when songs donīt have a definite musical thread, and that ruins the experience, forcing me to take back the kudos which have been uttered.
The idea is interesting, no doubt, but the execution feels very juvenile. Itīs like theyīve taking these genres and just throwed them at each other, thereīs no subtle songwriting that melts these different sounds into one exciting identity. For what itīs worth, thereīs some really good guitar playing, solos and lead melodies undoubtedly inspired by old school shredding styles, and of course there are moments where the music works, but the vocals, all of them, could be better, much better.
Itīs a shame, because thereīs definitely some serious potential here, I hope theyīll work on balancing the sound and improve the vocals, only then will their sound become grand to this snobbish reviewer hehe.
(Online November 7, 2009)