|Review: Her Whisper - Children of the Black Soil|
|Children of the Black Soil|
Label: STF Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: December 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Children of the Black Soil
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
This band's name is sure misleading. One would tend to think this is some kind of Gothic Metal outfit, but in reality it's nowhere near that. Her Whisper is a Heavy/Power metal band hailing from Sweden. Ever since the first listen I've been wondering what band I've heard before that sounded almost exactly like this, but no luck. That always drives me nuts. :) "Children of the Black Soil" has an overall upbeat sound, but its overall "happy" feeling also shares a hint of melancholy, sometimes tip-toeing on the fence between the two. The singer has a powerful and clear, clean voice, sometimes very melodic and at other times much more harsh - an interesting mixture that keeps the interest up. Just like the music, I could swear I've heard his voice before, but can't quite place what band that could have been. There's a good amount of keyboards on display here, sometimes a little too much - they do remain in the background but take the attention away from where the real action is: The guitars. Lots of good riffs here and, just like the vocals, they alternate between a very melodic style akin to some happy melodic Power Metal and a much more aggressive, full-blown Heavy Metal style that literally rips through the speakers, backed by equally powerful and heavy drums. You can add some Power Metal style double bass drumming to the recipe. Back to the keyboards, there are more tasteful uses of the instrument here and there - I wish they had stuck to that formula and really put the emphasis on guitars and drums, for those parts are definitely the best on the album.
Sound-wise, this is not as polished as what some bands in the same genre may be producing, but personally I found the bass-heavy, rough sound to be an asset here - if this were over-polished it would probably suck, taking away some of the power of the heavier, more aggressive parts. This is a pretty varied slab of Heavy/Power Metal that might sound a little too happy for many, but those who like a good mix of Heavy and Power Metal that goes all across the board should find something to like here.
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