Power metal is the theme of the week and what a nice selection it is for your ears.
Brainstorm have released Firesoul. This is typically Germanic power metal with its clean vocals and very precise musicianship. There are touches of progressive metal in the mix as well, to break things up from non-stop anthems. Unlike some of these releases, nothing smacks of being by the numbers. Tracks like “…And I Wonder” have all the catchy elements you would expect from this sort of release. Then again it is a Germanic power metal supergroup, so you would expect nothing less.
Gun Barrel have released Damage Dancer for all to hear. This lot sort of meander between power metal and just plain ole’ hard rock. And despite that they are German, they never sound like Accept, which is nice. The title track is quite a good one here. “Bashing Thru” is a great rocker that should get them going at their next festival performance. Nothing like some cracking hard rock to put a smile on your face.
Sinbreed have released Shadows and it is quite the power metal tour de force. Like the other bands in this column, they are also German but they clearly come from the Accept school of metal. Or rather vocally they are, while the rest of the band play straight-up power metal with no hint of the sophistication of some of the bands of a similar ilk. Not that this is a bad thing, as variety is always a good thing in any genre. What might surprise is that one of the themes of their music is Christianity.
Stormwarrior offer up Thunder and Steele. The music is fortunately more original than the cliche album title. This is pretty straight-ahead power metal. It is catchy and driven music that keeps you along for the ride with each track. Not sure if much of it is that memorable, more in one ear and out the other. The title track is quite good, but some of the rest of it could use a bit of something.
And that is your lot for this week. Stay safe and rocking out there.Powered by Sidelines