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Review: Kenziner - Phoenix

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 42:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 13, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

Kenziner is a band I've been aware of for a long time but had never actually heard before their fourth album, Phoenix, showed up in my review queue. I remember seeing their first two albums in the booklet for Limb Music's Louder than the Dragon compilation that I bought when I was getting back into the scene and checking out new metal about 15 years ago. While I bought many of the other releases featured in that booklet, I never bothered with Kenziner for some reason. But you don't care about that.

Kenziner is a power metal band from Finland that certainly displays that country's penchant for keyboards and guitars doing equal duty in terms of carrying the melody but is dirtier and less flowery than many of their countrymen and women. Their lyrics deal with historical/mythological topics and cuts like "Eye of Horus" and "Curse of the Pharaoh" are standouts in a solid collection of songs. You've got clear but slightly gritty vocals, neo-classical guitar solos and tasteful keys that don't fall all over themselves like sometimes happens in power metal. The writing is formulaic, and no single performance is out of this world, but Phoenix has a pervasive energy and is suitably entertaining, if not actually groundbreaking. Any power metal fan should be able to relate on some level to what Kenziner is dealing.

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