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Released: 2000, The Storyteller
Is it just me or does Sweden seem to giving Germany a run for its money when it comes to turning out great metal bands? Last month I reviewed a great CD by Chastisement who play Gothenburg style melodic death metal and are destined to be big on the international scene. This month I have another great new band from Sweden to review. The band is The Storyteller and the CD is 10 songs of awesome power metal. The Storyteller project was started in late 1995 by L.G Persson (vocals) and Fredrik Groth (guitars). Over the next few years the band recorded a few demos and finally in 1998 they were approached by Noise records. The label expressed interest but only if the band found a new singer. Persson moved to bass but they could never find what the label thought was a proper vocalist. After a few months Persson moved back to vocals. The lineup now consists of L.G Persson - vocals/bass, Fredrik Groth - guitars/keyboards, Erik Gornostajev - guitars/backing vocals and Martin Hjerpe - drums/percussion. The band then signed with No Fashion Records in Sweden and recorded their debut CD at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg Sweden. Hammerfall, In Flames and At The Gates have all recorded cds at this studio.
Now to the CD!!! The disc contains 10 song which clock it at over 48 minutes. The disc opens with the obligatory intro aptly titled "And the Legend Begins" which continues on into the blazer "Guardians of Kail" This is probably my favourite track on the CD and in a small way reminds me of both Hammerfall and Edguy without sounding like either. "Always Be There" is up next and slows things down as this song is a power ballad with the emphasis on power. "Sense of Steel" is another scorcher. These guys love their speed and are damn good at it. "Like A Wind" is reminiscent of some of Blind Guardian’s more traditionally arranged tunes such as "The Bard’s Song". The album closer is titled "The Storyteller" and is 9 minutes of powermetal heaven. This is a more progressive piece and includes some all out thrashiness, some nice mellow passages and some nice galloping sections ala Iron Maiden. A worthy CD closer indeed!
When Noise Records wanted Persson to step aside as vocalist. I don’t know what they were thinking. Ok. He is no Hansi Kursch or Michael Kiske but he does a great job and brings a great dimension to the songs as his voice is more within the lower register instead of in the stratosphere. Very powerful and clear. The rest of the band are no slouches either. The production is by Fredrik Nordstrom and is first rate. He also lends his piano and guitar talents to a few of the tracks. All in all this is one CD that all fans of powermetal will enjoy. The Storyteller are one band that will soon be more well known in the metal world! Check them out at http://home.swipnet.se/~w-62846/storyteller/index.html
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