OK, of French band HEADLINE I before knew that they existed and that they had at least one album out. So "Duality" hit me pretty unprepared when I put it into my player.
What baffled me, was the heaviness of the guitars, because for which reason ever I had expected something "mellower", but this lady-fronted quintet brings us some Progressive/Melodic Metal that finds a quite nice middle between the two genres and Sylvie Grare has a very strong, rather mid-pitched voice that fits the songs very well.
The songs that, like opener "Exorcise Me", offer us a nice mix of heavy guitars and calm piano, thundering double bass and almost tranquil elements, which also characterise the following "In High Dudgeon", while "Bereft Of Sky" unpacks some mighty double bass and heavy riffing, just to surprise with a calm voice/piano passage in the middle before they raise the intensity and heaviness again, very good song! The following "Insanity", though, overdoes the progressive elements for my ears…
The band has quite some crunch, further enhanced by a very powerful sound, with some of the progressive elements, though, getting a little too much a times. Still the mix of powerful Melodic Metal and complex Progressive Metal comes over good, with a female vocalist that is different from the usual soprano that we get with many bands right now. (Online February 2, 2003)