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Hollow - Modern Cathedral (8/10) - Sweden - 1997

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 45:45
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Trademark
  2. Can You Hear Me?
  3. Speak To Me
  4. Bagatell 3
  5. Crusaders
  6. Lies
  7. Wounds
  8. In Your Arms
  9. Whispers
  10. Hold Your Banners High
  11. What Can I Be
  12. Waiting
Hollow - Modern Cathedral
HOLLOW are from Sweden. HOLLOW play Power Metal. HOLLOW have a cover by Kristian Whlin. So what do you infer from this? Nothing? Oh, now you are disappointing me. I had been sure that there would be a collective outcry of HAMMERFALL echoing through the halls of this planet... But you'd have been on the wrong track anyway, hehe.

Musically you could count HOLLOW more to the American Power Metal-school, because you find next to no ingredients of the usual Teutonic/Swedish Steel-circle, what makes the band almost stand out again... In the course of "Modern Cathedral" they only rarely leave the mid-paced regions, but still manage to create a nice flow within the album, without getting monotonous or even boring.

HOLLOW rather draw their class from their intensive compositions and the quite original vocals of singer Andreas Stoltz, which give them their own note. As feature songs I have picked "Can You Hear Me?" with its interesting co-existing of guitar-riff and vocal-melody, the straighter "Wounds" and the very good "What I Can Be".

The disadvantage not to be part of the popular style at the same time is the advantage that HOLLOW have had 1998 (albeit not commercially), because they are standing out from the whole flood of Power Metal-albums.

Alexander Melzer



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