Saint Deamon – Ghost
Starting out a record with an, in my ears, tribute to a great Gary Moore song is quite right. But then the fun ends for a long while. Symphonic power metal isn´t quite the cup of coffee that gets me started. I feel it´s a bit late to do that kind of metal in 2019 but every musical style has it´s cycle so who am I to slam the band for keeping the flame of Symphonic Power metal alive.
Believe me I try my very best to have a clean sheet of paper in front of me for every album I listen to and review. Never reading other reviews before or during the listening session but this is just not for me. For the sole reason to not have any other input than mine. The first half of the record sinks the total points for the album. I won´t take the craftsmanship away from any of the band members and Jan Tore has a great voice, perfectly suited for this. What bores me with this kind of metal is the hysterical performance sometimes. Who wins if you play the fastest? The breather – the ballad “Ghost”” is one of few highlights.
Reaching the halfway point I take a deep breath and realize that the album has 14 songs and almost everyone is about six minutes long. Was it hard to decide what songs to be left out or is it a way of saying “you´ve been waiting for it- eat it” Every time I listened to it I had to take a break.
But. To my surprise. The band tones down the most extreme parts of symphonic metal during the second leg. And almost turns in to more of a hard rock band. That´s when I find this interesting. I find myself a bit ashamed for thinking the way I did during the first half. A question that comes to mind is how I would perceive the album with “side B” first? Take “Higher” for example. Another quite good song that might live on in my world after this review. So a wish from me (I bet you won´t take it in after this review though) is that please continue the more hard rocking parts of your songs like the second half of the album. It has so much more to give.
Next album then: Not 14 songs. Not 6 minutes long songs. And please relax a bit.
Band: Saint Deamon
Label: Ram It Down Records
Date of release: 19-09-13
Stand Out Track: Higher