Title: As Daylight BreaksLabel: AFM Records
Black in a new band that bring together a wealth of talent
from the World Of Metal, (not to be mistaken with Sirius
Black of Harry Potter fame), it all happened back on the 23rd
of August in Spain when Roland Grapow and Mario Lochert met
over a beverage of two backstage. Mario had this idea
of bringing together six musical masterminds to form a band
and so the seed was sown.
in Thomen Stauch, Jan Vacik, and Dominik Sebastian and
uniting them in Dreamsound Studios in early 2014, the five
set about songwriting and in seven days the quintet had
written eight rough ideas, but without a voice to carry the
ideas forward, the band was on standby. However, after
a few emails and sample going out to Urban Breed, the US
based Swede was in and those seeds grew. The fruit of
that union is the superb debut 'As Daylight Breaks'.
another super-group was born and with the sum of the parts
being surpassed as this hexad of Metal's finest deliver a
monstrous slab of Melodic Metal.
album opens up with ‘I Seek No Other Life’ and from the
off it's heads-down guitar fuelled Metal. Would you
expect less from the six protagonists? I think not.
Breed is the perfect foil for this style of rampaging metal,
while Grapow and Sebastian are no strangers to full on
guitar riffs, while the thrust of power from Stauch and
Lochert and the soaring keys of Vacik bring it all together.
of the powerful rhythm section and the keyboard splendour,
this trio really bring the heat on the superb ‘High and
Low’, one of the best Melodic Metal tracks I’ve heard
album continues to impress as the no nonsense slabs of
molten Metal keep coming with the sublime ‘Sealing My
Fate’, the almost Symphonic wonderment that is the
Egyptian inspired ‘Temple Of The Sun’, you can almost
smell the Nile on this song, which leads nicely into the ‘Akhenaton’,
which I think should be spelt Akhenaten after the Pharaoh
not the French rapper!
powerful driven rhythm section once more takes to forefront
on the excellent ‘My Mystic Mind’, but if you're wanting
some juicy big licks then check out ‘Trail of Murder’,
this is where Grapow and Sebastian shine.
To be honest there isn’t a bad track on the album even the mellow tones of title track ‘As Daylight Breaks’ bring, out the best in Breed. From here on in it's Metal all the way, with the riff-spewn ‘Setting Fire To The Earth’ and 'Listen To The Storm’, before the album closes with another blaze of glory with ‘Older And Wiser’. Even though 2015 is in its infancy, you’ll be hard pushed not to include this album as one of the best Melodic Metal albums of the year.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Seek No Other Life
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