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Review: Heavy Metal Perse - Fleeing the Gods
Heavy Metal Perse
Fleeing the Gods

Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 51:42
Tracks: 8
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: November 29, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Heavy Metal Perse is a Finnish band with a name that translates into English as "Heavy Metal Ass" (I confirmed this with our own Flailing Finn, Luxi). That is certainly one of the weirder name choices I've heard, though as Heavy Metal Perse play power metal, maybe they can hang with Chinchilla and Custard in the weird name club. On to the music which, as I said, is power metal that combines a lot of the melodic elements fellow Finns Sonata Arctica and Burning Point are known for with some of the crunchiness and ocean-going vibe of Running Wild. The vocals on their third album, Fleeing the Gods, have a light grit and there is some nicely flashy lead work, especially on "Ahti - The God of water". The other songs follow standard power metal songwriting templates for the most part, with some proggy guitar work in "New Alchemy" being the most obvious evidence of the band branching out in any way. Interestingly, the version I have, courtesy of Stormspell, has the album and song titles in English along with an English-language version of "Towards Home Village" and a cover of Jethro Tull's "Aqualung". I quite like "Towards Home Village," but the Tull cover is a throwaway. For Finnish speakers, a version minus the bonus tracks is available independently with all titles in Finnish. Whichever version you opt for, be aware that no rules have been broken in the creation of Fleeing the Gods, and I wouldn't call any of the songs overly amazing, but it is executed well and should work just fine if Burning Point and Running Wild are among your favorites.

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