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Ice Warrior Records
Shieldon - Vocals
Gabriele Palermo - Guitar
Dany All - Keyboards
Steve Vawamas - Bass
Max Polon - Drums
It would be
difficult for me to pinpoint a favorite track on this album. The reason?:
They are all my favorites.
A tightly woven
masterpiece of pure metal. Born in steel and tested on the road this band
wields the battleaxe of metal for all to see and hear. They are dynamic,
destructive, and destined to become icons of the genre.
Unbelievably talented and powerful, the band is a whirlwind
of musical ability. European metal is alive and well and in good hands. Gabriel
and the boys have spun a well crafted web of power and control on this disc.
Songs like the title track, "Decimation", and "Escape"
showcase a musical maturity and complete understanding of their target
audience. The rest of the album tears you from this reality and transports you
to the shrouded mystery of Tragedian. A place where good, solid heavy metal is
played loud and proud.
The production on the tracks is perfection. Someone has
taken a lot of time mixing and mastering the tunes. The sound, especially the
guitar tones, are tight as concrete. Shades of Sabbath and Malmsteen mixed with
Uli and Blackmore. Yes that's right I
said Blackmore. Gabriele pulls no punches on this album. Each guitar line is
intricate and pronounced a testament to his guitar abilities. This is a guitar player's
playbook, of heavy crunchy riffs and searing guitar leads.
As with most
modern European metal bands the keyboards tend to dominate. And well they
should. Dany is a powerhouse on the keys and he plays a complimentary lead role
with Gabriele. Val Shieldon is phenomal in the vocal department. I wish his mix
had been just a tad bit louder but he is a seriously incredible vocalist. Steve
and max round out the thunderous back section and these two mean business.
All in this
entire album is one of their best so far. And that is the good part, because
this band is young and just getting started. Festivals and arenas around Europe
should rejoice. For us here in America the tragedy that tragedian will probably
never play is realized and depressing. But
then I just smile and hit the play button again and again.
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival feat. Sabaton
KATATONIA, HammerFall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, Circuit Of Suns, And MANY MORE TBA!!!
Sat, April 22, 2017Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
$45.00 - $50.00Tickets
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Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
As a young proto-metalhead living in the hard streets of Riverside, Rhode Island we would all gather at whoever had the latest vinyl release and rock out for hours. Discussing techniques, listening to lyrics, guitar solos. The best albums offered up energy at its purest form. It transmitted from the vinyl grooves right into our little teenage brains. You could literally feel what the band or artist was trying to convey.
Metallica's latest release, Hardwired to self destruct offers up a modern day version of that same energy and spirit from days gone by. It is a powerful statement from a band that many had written off. One song...Now were all dead...that is the only song you need to listen to. But there are many, many more. This is grade a material from a group of artists who managed to capture their energy and channel it through this disc. This is real, this is power, this is the definition of a classic metal album.
Another great sign of a good, solid album is that you can list…