Reviewed: January 2021
Released: 2021, Petrichor
Reviewer: Svetlana Likhacheva
The Australian foursome of highly experienced musicians who found themselves together in heavy metal band Butterfly are promising to take their listeners to the unique trip through a musical landscape that relive the 70’s and 80’s traditional metal. At the same time they claim that it’s not a nostalgic record, but a step into the future.
I liked the sound from the very first sounds of Desert Chase. I’ve always appreciated classical metal and iconic bands of this genre, like Judas Priest, AC/DC, Metallica, Kiss and many others, and the sound of Doorways Of Time is very much alike to this classical manner of writing and performing the songs.
The title track was also particularly good, it’s a classical representation of the genre, an energetic, cool and brutal song. The feeling of some long journey, introduced by the songs before it, becomes stronger and more obvious. The calm part in the middle actually gives a mood of an overnight camp after a long day on the road.
The quiet part continues in The Night Is In Its Way, another one I liked a lot. It’s a short, but beautifully sad ballad, both melodic and chilly. The calmness here has a gloomy tinge because of the dark lyrics, but that doesn’t spoil the track. I wish it could be a little longer because two minutes are not enough to enjoy that beautiful creation.
My absolute favourite would be The Sin – a philosophical yet cool song, which sounds like it could be a soundtrack to some good old western movie. Immaculate guitar riffs, energetic drums, beautiful vocals repeating that “there’s too many people living in the sin” – an absolute killer.
The only song that spoiled my impression a little was Crawling. The guitar in the beginning and in the end caused my head to ache – too harsh, too high, irritating and uncomfortable to listen. You might like it, if it’s not too much for you, because the idea of the solo is actually good, but to me it didn’t work at all.
On the sound of The Scorpion, which reminds more of a sketch than of a complete song, the sadness hidden in the album becomes the main thing, and this funeral procession sound leaves the album on that note, which is logical for the ending, but weird for the mood and style of the record as a whole.
Overall it a good album, but I found some things strange and they didn’t work for me. Another thing to note is that I didn’t feel the whole “window to the future” thing. The album is in a very classical style and doesn’t particularly stand out from other traditional bands. For me it’s not such a bad thing and I still advise you to give it a chance.