Saturday, March 15, 2014

BRAINSTORM / Firesoul (2014)

BRAINSTORM were founded in 1989 by Torsten Ihlenfeld, Milan Loncaric and drummer Dieter Bernert. The first years saw the band build a solid groundwork with several demo releases and live appearances. Then in 1997, BRAINSTORM signed their first record deal, the self-produced “Hungry” album was released and received good critics. Just a year later, the band was back in the studio to record their second album “Unholy”, this time under the aegis of Charlie Bauerfeind and Dirk Schl├Ąchter.

"Ambiguity", "Metus Mortis", "Soul Temptation", "Liquid Monster" and "Downburst" were followed. In 2009, Brainstorm released the "Memorial Roots" cd and two years later "On The Spur Of The Moment" saw the light of day! Nowadays, the band is back to the music business with its brand new opus which is entitled "Firesoul".  To be really honest with you, I have to say that this is my first 'touch' with the band's sound and after a couple of spins of "Firesoul" I have to add that I enjoyed it a lot!! The band's sound is movin' somewhere between Euro melodic power metal with a'dark' sometimes vibe mixed with some progressive elements and the final result is solid! The production is strong and overall we are talking about a very good album that will please every fan of this scene!

Even if most of the songs here are influenced by the early 90's scene, the sound is updated, fresh and one of the most impressive things in the record is the guitar work!! It's big, 'fat' and I'm sure that will please every single guitar freak out there! The keys are givin' the extra flavor and Andy B. Franck's performances are top notch!

Just listen to the furious power metal gem of "Firesoul", the speedy straight-forward "Feed Me Lies", the glorious and extremely melodic tune of "Recall The Real" and "The Choosen" and you will discover a well-crafted melodic power metal record with attitude!
Heavy Paradise's Rating : 8/10

Track Listing:
'Erased By the Dark' 
'Descendants Of The Fire' 
'Entering Solitude' 
'Recall The Real' 
'Feed Me Lies' 
'What Grows Inside' 
'The Chosen' 
'… And I Wonder' 

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