In the short time that I’ve known about this band…thanks, of course, to Pandora.com…I am very impressed with this band’s progression from their inception in 1996. In a prime example of this group’s staying power, it will certainly be an honor to meet them. This wonderful group from Finland is a symphonic metal mainstay and their music is nothing short of spectacular.
The awesome time-signature changes on their latest release, 2014’s “Pariah’s Child”, are a musical masterpiece…from the opening track, a haunting romp through a fantasy wonderland titled “The Wolves Die Young”, leading into a racing-inspired ditty, “Running Lights”, but the title that really struck a personal chord, “What Did You Do In the War, Dad?”, as it is a stunning ballad/keyboard-to-guitar speed race that really is a nice track.
Another awesome song on the band’s eighth release is the pro-rock anthem that every artist can consider an anthem, the eighth track, “X Marks the Spot”, which feature a stunning visualization of Tony Kakko’s awesome vocal range. Also, the final track, an almost ten-minute Dream Theater-type romp called “Larger Than Life”, which really highlights Mr. Kakko’s mastery of his craft.
All in all, a ***** lesson in symphonic metal. which is further proof that rock-n-roll never dies…because it’s constantly evolving…
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\