Brazil has been a cornucopia for high quality Metal for a long, long time now, with Progressive Metal most probably being the style that I have encountered the least often. One band that excellently knows how to right this wrong bears the mysterious name YNIS VITRIN and hails from Caxias do Sul in the deepest south of the country. They originally were founded as a cover band without a name, then they tried their luck with Hard Rock under the banner ANGEL’S GARDEN, followed by Heavy Metal as EPISODE, before they finally reached YNIS VITRIN and Progressive Metal in 2003.
Now I should mention that by saying Progressive Metal I do not mean DREAM THEATER or FATES WARNING, because YNIS VITRIN often act quite a bit straighter and also utilize a few Power Metal elements, which is a nice loosening up and exactly hits my soft spot.
Singer/bassist Benhur Vieira Lima has a very well sounding, mid-pitched voice and the guitar work of the gentlemen Rondinel de Oliveira and Jocemar Maciel as well as Nelcidor Dall’Agnol’s drumming are brilliant as well, very well versed, yet always in the service of the song, often culminating in a pretty catchy chorus, very good! And that was only the opener “Shattered Days“! And the Brazilians continue to realize these elements, as in the title track, which also features some light choirs and varies the tempo in a great way. That not all that glitters is gold is showcased by “Arise”; which partly sounds great, but partly has a few lengths as well.
On the other band “When The Moon Lost Its Shine“ and “Crossfire“ surprise with Power Metal-like riffing and double-bass, very dynamic and powerful, very nice difference, especially if you stand them against the balladesque “Cry”; which shows yet another side of YNIS VITRIN. As with so many bands of the progressive genre the Brazilians also make quite extensive use of the keyboards, but it never gets dominant, as they always keep the guitars nicely present.
YNIS VITRIN are one of those bands, which definitely would deserve a deal instead of all the Metalcore clones that are flooding the scene. Check out the three mp3s (full tracks, btw) and help this band to get known! (Online March 31, 2006)