|Review: Helion Prime - Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster|
|Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: September 2, 2018
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
for:Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)
This 9-track, almost 60-minute record feels overwhelming at first, especially if looking at the massive 17-minute final track, but the fun story and the smart use of spacing similar songs makes the album listenable in one sitting without making you want to grab that insulin shot or killing yourself, as most of these long albums tend to get pretty boring midway. The "Blind Guardian meets Orden Ogan in outer space" atmosphere works really well for these dudes, and they manage to mix the characteristic melodic nature of Power Metal with heavier instrumental with ease.
Songs like "A King is Born", "Bury the Sun" and "Urth" make good use of this mix, with the latter being one of the best songs here. The riffs are juicy, and the bass lines are prominent, all while the vocal lines are well placed, even if they do sound exaggerated at times. "The Human Condition" features the best chorus and the sense of urgency and the frantic pace make it yet another great track. Classic Euro-Power choirs are more prominent here, and the slow, atmospheric beginning to the track gives a nice touch to its identity.
The magnum opus of the effort is supposed to be the monstrous title track. I usually don’t have any problems with 10+ minute songs, but there are parts when it feels that they tried too much to create an epic, significant song, making it sound cheesy at times. It’s an awesome song overall, though, with constant changes of pace, well-crafted à cappella parts and beautiful vocal duets. The riffs in here steal the show and the colossal atmosphere, when it doesn’t get lost in its own pretentiousness, is killer.
Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster is an awesome album, but it’s a small step back compared to Helion Prime’s debut. The modern elements borrowed from bands like Orden Ogan mixed with classic Euro-Power songwriting makes this a no-brainer for fans of Unleash the Archers, Judicator and even heavier counterparts like Tad Morose and Bloodbound. The band will quickly gain notoriety if they continue to release quality content like this, so keep these dudes on your radar.
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