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maandag 08 mei 2017
HELION PRIME: Idem



Release: 2017-02-24
Style: US melodic power metal
Label: www.afm-records.de / www.therockonline.nl
Website: www.helionprimemetal.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helionprimemetal
Country: USA
Playing Time: 50’14”
Cat. N°: AFM 622-2
Review by: Guy
Translated by: Guy
Rating: 7/10


English:

This US metal band took its name from a planet in the ‘Chronicles Of Riddick’ movie series, featuring Vin Diesel and released their self-financed debut last year. Since then there have been a few changes in the line-up (a.o. a new guitar player and singer), but their album got noticed by AFM and is now available for a wider audience.

After an electronic intro track, ‘Equation’ is a heavy melodic affair with good female vocals. ‘Life’ mixes some melodic death under the HM, fine solo in its midst. Keyboard kicks off ‘Black Hole’, which then speedy rushes forward, while ‘Place’ is a half power ballad. ‘Kill’ is a lot heavier, with death edge with some grunt on top, then the fast ‘Oceans’ kicks in, with shredding guitar solo, but still I’m not really impressed by the vocals, though the mix could be causing that problem. ‘Moon-Watcher’ is fine, with catchy chorus, but can’t really convince either. ‘Apollo’ is a faster track, with a nice break, but still the vocals lack in force, while the closing ‘Live And Die’ starts sensitive with ditto voice and expands later with speed and male vocals. Two demo versions of tracks included here come as a bonus.

All in all, a fine album, but too soon forgotten.


Nederlands:

Deze US metal band ontleent zijn naam aan een planeet uit de filmreeks ‘Chronicles of Riddick’ met Vin Diesel en bracht zijn debuut vorig jaar uit in eigen beheer. Sindsdien zijn er wijzigingen geweest in de bezetting (o.a. andere gitarist en zangeres ), maar hun album werd opgemerkt door AFM en is nu beschikbaar voor een wijder publiek.

Na een elektronische intro, is ‘Equation’ een heavy melodisch ding met goeie vrouwelijke stem. ‘Life’ mixt wat melodieuze death onder de HM, prima solo halverwege. Keyboard trapt ‘Black Hole’ af, dat daarna speedy voortsnelt, terwijl ‘Place’ een halve powerballad is. ‘Kill’ is een pak heviger, death-achtig met extra grunt, daarna komt het snelle ‘Oceans’, met vingervlugge gitaarsolo, maar ik ben nog steeds niet echt onder de indruk van de vocalen, hoewel de mix dat probleem kan veroorzaken. ‘Moon-Watcher’ is best lekker, met catchy refrein, maar weet evenmin echt te overtuigen. ‘Apollo’ is een sneller nummer, met mooie break, maar nog steeds is de stem wat ondermaats, terwijl de afsluiter ‘Live And Die’ gevoelig begint, dito stem en daarna uitwaaiert met mannenstem.
Twee demo versies van opgenomen nummers sluiten als bonus af.

Best lekker album, maar te snel vergeten.


Tracklist:

Into The Alien Terrain (1’29”)
The Drake Equation (4’57”)
Life Finds A Way (4’35”)
Into The Black Hole (5’05”)
A Place I Thought I Knew (5’51’)
You Keep What You Kill (4’26”)
The Ocean Of Time (5’41”)
Moon-Watcher (4’51”)
Apollo (The Eagle Has Landed) (6’01”)
Live And Die On This Day (7’08”)

The Drake Equation (demo)
A Place I Thought I Know (demo)

Musicians:

Heather Michele - vocals
Jason Ashcraft – guitars
Jeremy Steinhouse - bass
Justin Herzer – drums

Guests:

Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil) – vocals on ‘Live And Die’
Bryan Edwards – vocals on ‘Keep What You Kill’
Carlos Alvarez – additional guitars
Taylor Washington – guitar solos on ‘Life’, ‘Moon-Watcher’ and ‘Live and Die’
Jeff Teets – guitar solo on ‘Black Hole’
Steven Soderberg – second guitar solo on ‘Place’
Brett Windnagle – solo on ‘Keep What You Kill’
Matt Krais – guitar solo on ‘Ocean of Time’
Ryan Patane – keyboard solo on ‘Ocean of Time’
Josh Schwartz – guitar solo on ‘Apollo’
Austin Benelty – additional keys and orchestration
Travis Sigler – spoken word on intro




Geplaatst door Vera op maandag 08 mei 2017 - 11:39:48
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