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Review: Finist - Awakening

Label: Ancient Nation
Year released: 2005
Duration: 43:55
Tracks: 9
Genre: Folk Metal


Review online: June 16, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
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Rated 3.36/5 (67.27%) (11 Votes)

Ok – the genre classification doesn't quite cover it, but it was as close as I was going to get. Sure, it's folky, it's melodic (sort of) and there are clarinets. Swish. But what is most interesting about this release, is its rarity. For those of you uninitiated, Finist is the brainchild of Saturious, current keyboard player with racist black metallers Nokturnal Mortum, and this, is his racist power metal project. Go figure.

Actually, it's quite good. But it does leave you feeling more than a little dirty; primarily because this bloke's vocals are some of the filthiest, most fowl I've ever heard, and coupled with lyrics like White children go to school with black bastards and White boys, white girls, white power over world/new order fixed by Iron Hand, it'll make most people want to smack this guy in the face, to be honest. But, like everything that's bad for you, I kept going back for more. And so will you.

"Awakening" is Finist's second release after "Crosses Will Burn", with which a friend of mine plied me with stating "they're like a xenophobic Gamma Ray – you'll love it". Indeed. Musically, this is speedy, melodic power metal in the style of Helloween with plenty of Skyforger and Turisas creeping in throughout, but it's Saturious' vocals that truly stand out. Not because they are good mind you; the complete opposite. His black metal squawks are just bearable, but his attempts at clean, operatic falsetto are pathetic and so out of key, I almost ripped my speakers from my walls and smashed them into a thousand pieces. On the ballad – I'm not making this up – this guy sounds like a cat trapped in a vice. Not a pretty sight, but if you can make it passed that major grievance, you might be onto a winner here, as tracks like "Don't Wait For A Sign", "New Generation" and "For Mankind" are catchier and more addictive than most bands in this field could manage.

The production is abysmal, which again, limits the appeal, but no doubt most power metallers won't be schooled in the shocking, oppressively disturbing lyrical message National Socialist black metal tends to project, and therefore I can't really recommend this to most people who'll listen. But if you ever wondered how a band from the Ukraine could make Gamma Ray's "Land of the Free" sound racist, this is the best chance you're going to get.

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