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Brainstorm
Scary Creatures
February 2016
Released: 2016, AFM Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

There was a time when I was a huge fan of Germany’s power metal institution Brainstorm. To be specific, it was the years from 2001 – 2008 when the band released such classics as METUS MORTIS and SOUL TEMPTATION. I loved the band’s more vicious & visceral take on power metal, although I found 2005’s LIQUID MONSTER to be something of a misstep. I don’t even really know why, but I haven’t heard a new Brainstorm album in nearly a decade so when SCARY CREATURES hit my inbox, I was excited to hear where the band was at in 2016.



Well, if SCARY CREATURES is any indication, Brainstorm is back at the top of their game! There hasn’t been any huge changes in the band’s basic formula of heavy & crushing power metal, but I can say without hesitation that this is likely the most pure representation of the band’s song writing talents I’ve yet to hear. Every single song is like a clinic on how to write a great power metal anthem, each one topped off with what could be Andy Franck’s best vocal performance ever. Powerful riffs, thunderous bass drums, dark atmosphere, all of the classic Brainstorm elements are here in full force, and the band isn’t afraid to show off a catchy chorus when needed. A perfect example? Just as “Scars in Your Eyes” and “Take Me to the Never” threaten to close the album on the band’s most brutal notes ever, “Sky Among the Clouds” closes the album with a burst of melody and anthemic strength. It’s incredible and it gets me every time.



There’s nothing more to say…Brainstorm fans will be delighted by this album as it is easily their best album in over a decade. As I write this in January 2016, we are still ridiculously early in the year but I have no doubt that SCARY CREATURES will feature very highly on many year-end lists and has already set the bar for everyone else to beat for Power Metal Album of the Year.
Track Listing

1. The World to See
2. How Much Can You Take
3. We Are…
4. Where Angels Dream
5. Scary Creatures
6. Twisted Ways
7. Caressed by the Blackness
8. Scars in Your Eyes
9. Take Me to the Never
10. Sky Among the Clouds

Lineup

Andy B. Franck: Vocals
Torsten Ihlenfeld: Guitar
Milan Loncaric: Guitar
Antonio Ieva: Bass
Dieter Bernert: Drums

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