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Released: 2003, Metal Blade
I’m so delighted to see this long running, hard working band get the recognition they deserve. Brainstorm fit in a nice group of bands, with Symphorce and Chinchilla, a true triarchy of power metal on the Metal Blade label.
Metal Blade has afforded them again with top-notch production, presentation, packaging and cool art. Lots of lyrics, notes, photos and another cool dark design and look to the packaging. Each song comes with a one or two line comment setting the scene as it were.
Andy’s vocals are about as close to metal perfection as you can get. Midrange with balls and power he can hits the highs as evidence on cuts like ‘The Leading’ but he never strays into ear-piercing territory. The dual guitar attacks is full, loud and crunchy and the drums drive the songs along at a good pace, not relentless double kick the entire time either.
A highlight is ‘The trinity of Lust’ which incorporates mystic eastern themes and lyrical concepts as well as musical influences. Very ambitious and enjoyable without been too self-indulgent…the power is never left behind.
Brainstorm have delivered another CD that truly helps define everything I love about heavy metal. Brainstorms fifth album in just about half a decade shows their work ethic and dedication to real metal are paying off. There is not an enormous amount of progression from their last CD but they have decided perhaps to concentrate on writing great metal songs which will entertain me for years to come.
1. Highs Without Lows
2. Doorway To Survive
3. The Leading
4. Nuncas Nos Rendimos
The Trinity of Lust
6. Shiva’s Tears
8. Soul Temptation
9. Dying Outside
10. To The Head
Andy B. Franck-Vocals
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