Title: Scary CreaturesLabel: AFM Records
Creatures' is the 15th studio album from German Power-metal
giants Brainstorm and follows their 2014 ‘Firesoul’
album. The band are back with an album that once again
sees the Germans showing how Power-metal should sound and
new album sees the band expanding their sound to bring in a
more heavier anthemic vibe and you can feel this from the
opener and first single ‘The World To See’, this is a
prime example of what this new Brainstorm opus all
about. Led by the vocals of Andy Franck, along with
the big licks power-driven rhythms that we have become
associated with Brainstorm over the years.
albums takes the Power-metal genre bull by the scruff of the
neck and shakes its very foundations with 'How Much Can You
Take' and the metal assault on the senses that is ‘We
Are’. The pounding ‘Where Angels Dream’ is the
band at full flight, the double kick drum and huge bass
lines dominate this one, along with the twin guitars of
Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric, which unite in Power-metal
heaven, as they throw out the monstrous licks like they are
six string confetti.
title track ‘Scary Creatures’ in up next, again another
rip-snorting power-infused metal with that teutonic edge and
this continues on ‘Twisted Ways’, with Franck at his
most angst, before the tempo is brought down, just a touch
mind you, with the melodic metal feel of ‘Caressed By The
Blackness’. This is just a short reprise as it's
back to the full on metal assault with ‘Scars In Your
'Take Me To The Never' is pure-bred Brainstorm, chucking riffs and a hammering rhythm section. All this before the album closes in style with another taste of the bands melodic metal side, with the excellent ‘Sky Among The Clouds. It may have been two years in the making, but 'Scary Creatures' was well worth the wait, as Brainstorm are back and bigger and better than ever.
Review by: Barry McMinn
World To See
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