Released: 2001, Independent
Whoo! More power metal! Just what the world needs! Actually, when it’s quality music like the four songs found on this MCD, I don’t mind at all. These three Brazilian metal-heads have come forth with a disc full of good and chunky power metal of the more “dirty” sounding kind (more Jag Panzer, than Stratovarius) that’s both catchy and powerful. Plus, in a genre usually maligned for being too D&D oriented, these guys spit in the face of that charge and actually have a song called “Dungeons and Dragons (Caverna de Dragao)”, about, yes, the game of the same name.
Actually, the song itself, though cheesy as all hell (it’s about six kids who actually enter their D&D game), is really quite good. At just over 8 minutes in length, it gives the band lots of time to show off all of their prowess. Guitarist Ronaldo keeps it fairly simple in the riff department, but isn’t afraid to let loose the histrionics now and then. Michael’s voice is thankfully in a lower range than most power metal vocalists, but he is expressive enough. The same principle goes for Bruno’s drums, nothing spectacular, but he gets the job done.
The band also knows that variance is good, even on a short album, throwing in the ballad “Hiding Place” and the slow-but-driving, evil-sounding “Children” to mix things up. All in all, this is good stuff.
By now you’ve probably figured out that BraveHeart aren’t really doing anything new here, but you’ll also have figured out if that matters to you or not. Really though, any fan of melodic metal should have a place for this disc in their collection. The bottom line is that this is a well-done first effort for the band, and one that points to a bright future in metal.