|Review: Olympos Mons - Conquistador|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2004
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: December 12, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)
Now this isn't a great album, but it is nowhere near terrible. Olympos Mons are a Finnish band who are pretty darned generic, but they do show promise. Conquistador is their debut, and while it breaks zero new ground, it is a decent listen. It would be easy to damn this band with faint praise, so first I'll list off the good things about this album. For one thing, OM are heavier than the standard double-bass Power Metal band, and there is almost a Wizard feel to this in places, they keep the rhythm guitars going full-speed, and on the whole this is pretty crunchy and they don't overdo the keys. The production is solid, and if none of the songs are great, none of them stick out as bad either. "Black", "Black Desiree", and "Cleopatra" are more varied and heavy than some of the more generic numbers, and they sound pretty good.
The real weakness of this band is their singer. Ian Highhill is not terrible, but he's not great either, and his rather weak delivery and limited range does nothing to help the music. If he was singing great hooks he could get by, but the other weakness here is that OM have no really good vocal hooks, and no catchy choruses, which is something they really need to work on. If they could come up with some singable hooks and keep the heaviness they already have down, they'd be in business – business as a second-rate Power Metal band, but still. But until they can write some catchier songs, they are doomed to be also-rans. Still, if you like Dreamtale or Galloglass, then this might be a band worth checking out, and this is a band worth watching, as they might get better.
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