There are a lot of re-editions right now, so after Candlelight and the CENTINEX ones, here comes Blackend with SKYMINING, thus re-releasing their first album, "Stormchoirs", originally released through Invasion. Well, it's quite weird to listen to this album four years after it's original release, because at that time it was not a great album, and most of all because time hasn't played in favour of SKYMNING.
The sound is still ok, but the artwork sucks, and the music is way out of date… which SKYMNING understood by changing of style with their latest album "Artificial Supernova". Anyway, "Stormchoirs" is an album of melodic Heavy Metal, with Black Metal vocals, and you'll have the impression to listen to German Power Metal à la GAMMA RAY, but with a singer who wouldn't have forgotten his balls in his lockers.
I have to admit that the melodies are not so bad and will remain in your head, but maybe it's also because everything sounds like stuff that you've heard a thousand times before? Definitely not a must-have then… (Online October 2, 2003)