a break from Candlemass,
guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh have put together
and together with
the vocal talents of Michael Storck and Torvjorn
Moen on bass guitar completing
the line up, they
have an album that is a long way from Candlemass.
This is more a metal orientated band and steers away from the doom metal
sound of Candlemass. This
album is based around the guitars of Johansson and the vocals of Storck
which both seem to compliment each other quite well.
The album opens up with the riff strewn 'With The Flow' and from this
the album builds and grows from strength to strength. There
are thirteen tracks of pure melodic metal on this album and I cant find
fault with any of them.
'Stares Back' is another heavy guitar orientated track and the voice of
Storck is at its most intense and powerful on this track. The album
continues with the immense 'Forsaken' a more slower paced track but
still having plenty of screaming guitars for those traditionalists out
there. The pace soon picks up again with the likes of 'Minute U Die' and
'Intoxicatedead' both of which show what Johansson can really do as a
guitarist. The real star of the album has to be Michael Storcks vocals
as the album progresses his voice just seems to get better and better.
Other stand out tracks is the heavy bass laden 'Watch 'n Wait' and the
riff loaded 'Bad Day'. The final two tracks on the album show the
diversity of Johansson's guitar playing with 'Dash' you get the fret
burning guitar riffs and with 'Spectorized' you get a more mellow guitar
sound both of which round off a superb album.
The traditional metal album has taken a back seat over the last couple
of years to the more symphonic metal but this year has seen some fine
metal albums being released the likes of Primal Fear, Seven Witches,
Exodus and Wet Animal all producing quality metal albums this year and
Creozoth is right up their with these albums.