Friday, May 29, 2009
MANIMAL - The Darkest Room
It all started back in 2001, in Gothenburg. After some demos and enough good reviews, the band decided at 2008 to record their first full length album. Being prepared for a debut album with it's pros and cons, a very pleasant surprise was expecting me. The band is very talented, and knows not only how to play, but also how to compose excellent music. Power Metal, aggressive, melodic, with touches of progressive, and stunning vocals is what struck me from the fist song. The vocals are exactly in the way Power Metal albums should be, harsh yet high pitched, with a wide vocal range. The rhythm section is also killer, and sounds like a well oiled machine, while the guitar melodies and riffs are sometimes close to perfection. The variety of the songs, and the way the band has incorporated some Progressive elements into their music, is making the album highly enjoyable from the first to the last minute. There are no indifferent moments here, or things give you the feeling that could have been done better. So, with an album as solid and well polished as this one, no wonders why the band managed to get to the 36 position of the Swedish charts. Not band for a debut huh? So, if you are into Power Metal, or if you like good Heavy Metal in general, don't miss this one.