Released: 2013, Metalodic Records
My favourite Canadian record label, Metalodic has released another fantastic album. Expanding their international roster, Metalodic has signed Mindfeeder from Portugal and released their debut album, ENDLESS STORM.
This young sextet, hails from Lisbon and with the release of their debut they have quickly positioned themselves as one of the strongest Power Metal bands from that region. ENDLESS STORM kicks off with a brief (but effective) telephone sound-effect, before launching into ‘The Call’. More brief stormy sound-effects introduce the title track, a raging double-kicker reminiscent of some of the classic USPM bands. The band has a nice blend of a traditional European sound, with hints of keyboards, bouncing melodies and a little bit of the grit and fire of an American sound. The keyboards are there for additional sonic layers but are not necessarily overshadowing, or even competing with the twin-guitar attack. Sometimes, when things slow down, like at the end of track, ‘Feed Your Mind’, the keyboards become acoustic piano.
For the most part the song writing is conventional Power Metal, running in a satisfying six-minute range, but they do stretch out a bit on the 9-minute cut, ‘Memories’. The lyrics are decent, positive and perhaps even leaning towards Christian on the cut ‘16:28’, but it is very subtle and I may be misinterpreting the meaning of the title. The vocalist, who goes by the simple (and appropriate) name of ‘Leo’, sings the lyrics with power and passion and reminds me a bit of Matt Barlow, but he has his own style.
This young band is not especially distinct but they are powerful and exciting and have a very strong sense of melody, good strong songs and excellent individual performances. ENDLESS STORM is a very strong debut album that will appeal to most Metal fans who appreciate Power Metal.