They call themselves Revolution Saints and it’s now time for the third album from this trio, which is good, sometimes really good.
The engine of the band must be Mike Portnoys drumming, he really pushes his companions to be on top of their game.
“Paradise” is a quite nice acquaintance! With this type of vocals the guitars got an important job to do, building a solid ground to bring the songs forward and in that, Oberst does make a good job!
Like most solo debuts, Pyre Of The Black Heart takes a big step from the main bands Nightwish and Tarot, but also feels like a natural progression of Hietalas musicality.
Behind the project band Dirty Shirley is George Lynch who absolutely wanted to have this amazing singer in his project
I am very happy when my fears of a complete disaster or close to it is thrown out of the window. The album is like an old cold slow starting car.
When looking for references to describe this album you (apart from the obvious Sodom) must include Exodus for riffs and aggression. It is a German thrash band, so Kreator & Destruction are in there to.
This is… very okay. I like all the songs, but I don’t love any of them. I like the sound but don’t love it. You get the idea.
The highlight of the album for me is “Here Comes the Winter”. This song is so much Iron Maiden without being Iron Maiden. Especially the intro, but the melodies and chorus as well. Even Roberto Dimitri Liapakis singing is so resembling to Dickinson that I had to check for featuring artist.
And it’s simply amazing how much the music speaks if we take the time to truly listen with all senses, and how much variety there is on this album, the soft whispers and the raw screams.
There are many really good tracks and a lot of emotion and strength throughout The Serpent Rings. Just listen to the emotion in the title track or the subtle 80’s keyboards in The Great Unknown… It’s beautiful!
This is an album where insanity and laughter meets serious darkness and yes, everything in between. It brings smiles and tears, paired with laughter and strength.
But the production is a real downer. It feels mixed through a modern filter with autotuning and all that crap that makes modern day albums sound so boring. My god, couldn’t they let Daltrey sing his stuff without “making it better” with a computer?
This trio of songs makes a strong as hell opening of “The Fire I long for” with both brilliant song writing and of course, Jennie-Ann Smith’s extraordinary voice!
And then…seven songs in they find the path so many other bands in this part of metal do: they go hand in hand with Within Temptation for a while.
This is a mellow album with a lot of slow songs and melancholy moods. But it’s also a warm album with a lot of heart and uplifting folk music elements from the singers scottish heritage. It feels genuine and it feels good.