Thomas had been quite annihilating with his review of Brazilian NARCOZE's debut "Genoma". Yet knowing that he is not exactly a Power Metal person, I figured to give it a try myself and it definitely is worth more than mere 2 points, so much is for sure.
As a fan of this style I can say that the Power Metal with keyboards that NARCOZE is offering us here is well played, the guys show quite some skills and the production does its part, but still "Genoma" has two problems, one minor, one bigger. The minor one is that the song writing overall is lacking highlights and truly memorable moments, like the excellent "Hunter", which convinces in almost every aspect.
The dramatic effect that they keyboards bring in at times is nice, but still most of the songs don't do it yet, which leads me to the bigger problem of the two, the vocals of Carlos Sousa. The guy can sing, which he proves on a few occasions (like the mentioned "Hunter"), but in most cases he rather relies on a more aggressive and pressed approach, which just does not work. In that he lacks the power, the range and it just doesn't fit with the songs themselves, which would definitely require some real singing.
So good musicianship, one great song ("Hunter") other than that some good, but no outstanding songs and a voice that in most cases does neither work with me nor the songs are just not enough anymore to impress anybody out there, including me as avowed genre hound. Not all hope is lost with NARCOZE, but "Genoma" won't lead them anywhere and I hope that they will take these reviews as at least a reason to think about it and, should they get another chance, which I hope, concentrate on their strengths. So long I'm afraid that I won't be able to recommend this one… (Online May 3, 2003)