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Brainstorm - Metus Mortis (9/10) - Germany - 2001

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 50:11
Band homepage: Brainstorm

Tracklist:

  1. Metus Mortis
  2. Blind Suffering
  3. Shadowland
  4. Checkmate In Red
  5. Hollow Hideaway
  6. Weakness Sows Its Seed
  7. Into The Never
  8. Under Lights
  9. Cycles
  10. Behind
  11. Meet Me In The Dark
  12. Strength Of Will
Brainstorm - Metus Mortis
With "Metus Mortis" (= fear of death) the German BRAINSTORM are delivering their fourth album to date, the second one with SYMPHORCE-shouter Andy Franck at the mic. And they show that they, just like with the previous albums, have again managed to get better.

In the Power Metal-area BRAINSTORM for sure are one of the German bands that sounds least German, American Power Metal paired with at times thrashy guitars and Franck's original, brilliant vocals, ranging the whole way from emotional to aggressive, whatever the song needs. So VICIOUS RUMOURS or METAL CHURCH and colleagues are far more apparent than any compatriot band.

Packed into a great production BRAINSTORM are firing damn heavy riff-volleys together with a damn tight rhythm-section and damn melodic and hymnic choruses, which drill their way directly into your brain. No matter if double-bass-driven steamrollers like "Shadowland", "Into The Never" or "Strength Of Will", the sequel to the brilliant "Maharaja Palace" off "Amibuity", "Checkmate In Red" with its oriental melodies, the dramatic "Hollow Hideaway" or crunchy mid-tempo-crackers like "Weakness Sows Its Seeds", BRAINSTORM prove in all categories that they are not only in the German, but also the European premier division by now, with no "ifs" or "buts"!

That BRAINSTORM also use some keyboards to refine their sound should not scare off anybody, because they are neither omnipresent nor are they ever pushing to the fore. The lyrics also are absolutely worth reading, as prime example I could, like a few colleagues, mention "Behind", which deals with the problems in Near East and the reasons for this.

Also blessed with a very interesting cover I really don't know what should prevent any traditional Metal-fan (or maybe also those, who want to become one) from buying "Metus Mortis"! So off you go, get it!

Alexander Melzer



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