Released: 2006, Escape Music/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
House of Mirrors is another band from Finland, the up-and-coming metal nation. The act is fairly old, being founded in 1993. However, it took until 2004 for the guys to release their debut album NIGHTFLIGHT TO PARADISE, which was well-received by both media and fans. The band’s core is Jaakko and Pekka, who have written all the music since the start of this melodic hardrock/metal act.
Jaakko and Pekka have put some hard work into the music, and Kari Riikimäki and Timo Haanpää have done the same with the lyrics; there aren’t any weak links in any of the stunning material. The music is really technical and the album delivers everything from razor-sharp metal riffs to up-tempo ballads to pure ballads, so there’s something for every taste on DESOLATION.
The album was recorded and engineered in Valtone Recording by bandmember Timo Haanpää and the mastering was done in the famous Finnvox Studio by the almighty Mika Juusila. And just like the rest of the album, the production is great; it has every ingredient to make the album a tasty dish. Of course, the most space reserved is for the lead vocals and guitar but also for keyboards (whose performer was uncredited), and it all blends together in a perfect harmony that becomes the amazing soundpicture on DESOLATION.
House of Mirrors delivers a strong second album, and if they keep on delivering music of this quality they sure are going to gain world success. Killer tracks are “Fallen Leaf”, “Broken Soul”, “Waiting In The Wings”, “On The Red Line”, and “These Chains”.