Released: 2015, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Carla (Guest reviewer Denmark/Romania)
Finnish metal band Battle Beast are back with their third album with the UK release being the same day the band played London alongside Sabaton and Delain.
If you’re new to the band, immediately notable about Battle Beast is singer Noora Louhimo’s vocal style; makes me think of a more younger, not-so-experienced Doro Pesch – even her appearance is very similar. Don’t get me wrong, Louhimo holds down the power metal fort – songs like “Lionheart”, “Madness” and “Speed and Danger” with exhilarating riffs, fast tempo and an extraordinary voice bursting with energy, are a clear shot of what the band can do. The refrain of “Lionheart” made me think of Timo Kotipelto’s “Hunting High And Low” (Stratovarius), it has somewhat of a similar tone, but with a noticeable level of vitality.
The song that gave the album its name, “Unholy Savior” opens up with a slow keyboard building up alongside some sound effects, to a loud and echoing chorus. Like a carousel, the track has heavy riffs suddenly turning towards a ballad-like atmosphere, with soft vocals and sentimental sounding guitar. “I Want The World...And Everything In It” is one of the hit tracks of the album. Plenty of guitars, invigorating solos, smooth keyboard and vigorous vocals give one great metal treat.
“Touch In The Night” was the first song released and was certainly an unusual choice. The sound is not at all metal, it’s more like a 80s pop and has nothing to do with the rest of the album – a third wheel to a cart. A couple of weeks after its release, “Madness” was delivered which reassured fans that while “Touch In The Night” was a radically different song to previous albums, not everything on the new album was like that, and “Madness” is certainly a song fans of the first two albums will love.
The ballad of the album is “Sea Of Dreams”. Noora’s soft vocals sounds fantastic and are very different to her normal style (heard on the rest of the album). It’s a good track that serves as a great change of ‘scenery’. To conclude, this is Battle Beast’s most ambitious album so far, dominant guitars that are matching the gentle ‘touch’ of the keyboards and Noora’s voice (even though forced in some places) points out the skills the band holds, and delivers a substantial material for its representative genre.
The “All I want is to live one day like a lion supreme and great" might just happen.