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Battle Beast
Battle Beast
February 2014
Released: 2014, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

I’m late joining the Battle Beast army even though I had a couple of buddies try to recruit me. I should have enlisted earlier! I had heard the buzz when they won the 2010 Wacken Metal Battle but I was still slow to get on the bandwagon. Their indie debut, STEEL came and went quickly and now commands a high price on-line. I hesitated to get the 2012 Nuclear Blast reissue of STEEL because they unwisely changed the awesome cover (depicting a lion-warrior fighting a knight) to a generic looking one and there were some production and manufacturing issues with the disc. Their second, self-titled album came out in spring of 2013, but was not released in North America. Now finally in 2014 I get a chance to hear the band.

BATTLE BEAST is the debut of new powerhouse vocalist, Noora Louhimo, who replaces Nitte Vallo. I didn’t hear the debut yet so I can’t comment if it was a welcome change or not but I do know that Noora is an amazing singer in her own right. She ranges from raw to tender and has a very powerful tone and delivery with some awesome screams. For a prime example checkout her mighty scream at the beginning of ‘Fight, Kill, Die’! This young Finnish sextet have a very typical Scandanavian Power Metal sound, very catchy, and clean-burning with crystal clear production values. The opening keyboard line in the lead-off track ‘Let It Roar’ could sit very comfortably on any of the five classic-era, classic line-up (late 90’s) albums by countrymen, Stratovarius. The songs are simple in construction, efficient getting right to the point with big hooks that lead to a quick payoff. They manage to pack 13 songs into 48 minutes preferring to have one really strong central riff carry the song to a big sing-along chorus to draw the listener in. Don’t forget the blazing solos as they are in every song. The infectious melodies float over top a fast rhythm section with a real sense of sonic propulsion.

The band is so popular they are charting in the Top 10 in their native Finland and have been signed to a major label. Not too many Metal bands can say that these days. However, they deserve all the credit and if they keep writing albums like BATTLE BEAST they will have a long and successful career.
Track Listing

1. Let It Roar
2. Out of Control
3. Out on the Streets
4. Neuromancer
5. Raven
6. Into the Heart of Danger
7. Machine Revolution
8. Golden Age
9. Kingdom
10. Over the Top
11. Fight, Kill, Die
12. Black Ninja
13. Rain Man


Noora Louhimo Vocals
Juuso Soinio Guitar
Anton Kabanen Guitar, Vocals
Janne Björkroth Keyboards
Eero Sipilä Bass,
Pyry Vikki Drums

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