Reign Of Fear - Scars Of Time.
Thanks to the band's manager Adam for the CD. The tracks on
- Prelude To Chaos. Appropriately titled short
intro running straight into..
Judas. Mid paced thrasher
gets things started. Opening riff combines elements of Iron
Maiden meeting "big four" thrash with modern aggressive
vocals. The bridge has a very Maiden Powerslave era feel.
Solid opener, well played with tempo changes handled well.
Production is a bit flat overall though.
Scars Of Time. Classic/power
metal intro develops into Metallica-esque section. Vocals
could have been more aggressive during this section before
the snarled vocals return in the chorus. Main riff is good
but gets repetitive. The double snare hit section onwards
through to the solo works well and I vastly prefer their faster
work. Ends strongly.
Unbroken. Faster track
initially, like the slower refrain. Pace hots up again and
vocals are more aggressive from the word go. Lots of well
executed tempo changes. Drum sound is great on this one, snare
sounds heavy even during the faster sections. Solid track.
A Thought Of Deception.
Sludgy opening has more of a live feel. Riff is discordant
but works. Like the overall sound of this with the exception
of the drums, bass drum is particularly thin. Vocals in the
chorus grated a bit but the song again finishes well. Particularly
like the basswork just after the chorus.
Solid enough EP although needs reworking in a couple of places.
Some of the production/mastering doesn't quite work. Good bunch
of musicians who are more than competent live, this will give
an idea of what they are capable of on stage. Shows promise
and I look forward to future releases and live performances.