Their second album "Corona Borealis" definitely has convinced me (ok, Thomas was less than impressed…), so when I had the chance to get their debut "So Pale Is The Light" for a good price, I decided to go for it.
Compared to their latest effort, CADACROSS still featured five members only (why there are six guys on the photo beats me, though), but the rough style already had been obvious, a mix from Power Metal and Death Metal with a few neo classical influences in the solos and keyboards, so for die hard Death Metallers a broken rib would be more convenient to have than this CD in the player, but as I like both styles, I definitely am ok with this mix.
With debuts the problem often is that the potential is there, but the result is not what would have been hoped for or does not yet have what the following album(s) already had shown to us. Is CADACROSS' first an exception to that? Nope, the promise is there, like with the wonderful intro "At The Heart Of Night" or "Battle Of North", but something is not working out fully yet, in quite a few departments that last bit is missing to make the song or the element something really memorably or even outstanding, being quality already, though.
Ok, there is one track that definitely deserves an extra mentioning here or rather HAS to be mentioned here, "Turmion Taival". I've got not the slightest notion what this means ("taival" - "devil" - is there a connection? If so, then my knowledge of the Finnish language has just been upped to a grand total of 5 words!), but completely sung in Finnish, this more than 8 minute mammoth of a song is mostly in measured tempo and in itself, in its melodies and rhythm pure majesty. Only the inflexible Death rasp takes away from it, a bit more variety and this song could have been huge!
Anyways, "So Pale Is The Light" has been a promising debut and CADACROSS have managed to build on its foundations to come up with "Corona Borealis", now if they could continue to grow like this, then the third CADACROSS could be damn good! (Online May 16, 2003)