Coming home, tired from work, I look into my post box. Letter from Century Media - nice. So let's take a look inside - and suddenly all the wear of work is blown away: The new TAD MOROSE!
I've loved this band ever since their debut "Leaving The Past Behind" and "Undead" had been one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of his year. Well, and what should I say? Bollnäs Metal Rules! After LEFAY had released a great album, TAD MOROSE are following suit, because "Undead" beats almost anything that is called Power Metal.
After an atmospheric intro, "Servant Of The Bones" is breaking through, powerful, crunchy and of course with the awesome vocals of Urban Breed! That they have replaced the keyboards with a second guitarist has got no negative effects (as I had originally feared), but leads to the sound being more powerful than ever. Next is "Another Time Around", slow- to mid-paced with a catchy chorus, while "Where The Sun Never Shines"'s riff reminds of the old TAD MOROSE, mid-tempo-double-bass give the necessary power and it all culminates in a grand chorus!
"Order Of The Seven Poles" is a doomy steamhammer-track with slight BLACK SABBATH-feeling and lives off Urban Breed's fantastic vocals, before the title-track comes over in stomping mid-tempo. "No Tears In The Rain" again is rather slow, but quickens the pace during the chorus. Well, and to contradict any even slight accusations of missing variability, "Lord On High" starts out with an atmospheric intro before storming out of the speakers a good lot faster, with more crunchy guitars , just to conjure up the old TAD MOROSE-melodylines in the chorus.
"Corporate Masters" for sure is the most catchy and accessible track of the albums, while "No Wings To Burn" provides us with a double-bass-driven chorus with incredible vocals again... The end is made up by "The Dead And His Son", which comes over as a mixture between a little "Sender Of Thoughts" and a good bit of "A Mended Rhyme" with its doomy pace and the intelligently placed keyboards.
Man, what an album! This album is not hip, this album is not modern (in sense of the current fashion of sound), this album doesn't sound like all the others - for this I LOVE THIS CD!!!
You want tips for checking out? OK, then take the tracks 1 to 11 from the tracklist!
When I had heard it for the first time, I wanted to give it 8,5 points, for the second time 9, then 9.5 and now I have to stop, because otherwise my scale won't fit anymore...