|Review: Stimulans - No Words|
Year released: 2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 7, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Well here's our first review of a band out of Croatia. Stimulans play a rather melodic form of heavy metal with the emphasis on the vocals and guitar work. I found that this is not a CD that you can really throw in and listen to while doing something else - all you'd notice then are the vocals, which are maybe a little bit too much in the foreground and thus require the listener to pay extra attention to get a good ear of the good music presented here.
Since the voice is so predominant on this recording, I might as well start with that. The lead singer has a very agreeable voice, very melodic - maybe a bit too much so for some people, but I find it's a rather good match for Stimulans' style. It does throw the music into more melodic territory, and only when you pay close attention do you realise that there is some pretty cool guitar shredding going on here as well. There's a positive vibe with some melancholic undertones in the music that's also present in the guitar solos (a couple of good ones too.) They could thighten things up a little, as things sound a little forced by moment, but this is only a demo after all and one can expect things to improve over time.
Stimulans won't revolutionize music, but neither will most bands. "No Words" is a good demo filled with "easy listening" melodic metal that does the job for when you're in the mood for that kind of stuff. It'll be interesting to see if the guys can refine their playing and come up with a full length of similar material. Good stuff.
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