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Review: Arida Vortex - Flames of Sunset
Arida Vortex
Flames of Sunset

Label: CD-Maximum
Year released: 2006
Duration: 49:18
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 30, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Flames of Sunset

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

This is the second album by Arida Vortex, a Russian Heavy Metal band formed back in 1997. Unlike their countrymen Aria, Arida Vortex sing in English and I for one am happy about it because I can understand what the hell they are talking about. Flames of Sunset opens up with the instrumental "Ignis Volans" - the first of two - very cool and a nice but weird way to start the record. From there they shift pace very easily starting with the mid-paced song "The Mirror Inside" followed by the considerably faster "Slaves of Fate", both of them good in their own right. The same thing can be said for just about every song, this being the result of a band that has been together for a long time.

The musicians are good enough; they may not be world class but you can enjoy the stuff that this band brings. Starting with their singer Andrey Lobashev, his melodic voice shines throughout especially when he hits the high notes with ease like on "Light of Distant Stars" which gives him plenty of room to showcase his talent. Their guitarists, Roman Guryev and Andrey Sedletskiy are good as well, there is no other way to say it. The riffs and leads are outstanding, most notably in "Slaves the Fate" and "Black Line". The rhythm session gets the job done, nothing groundbreaking but they don't distract you either so that's fine by me.

Flames of Sunset has its faults though: the ballad "Light of Distant Stars" is repetitive. The second instrumental "Alienation" is not as good as the first and the acoustic number "I Believe", while good, ends the record in a less than stellar fashion. This is not the most original album out there but despite the weaknesses found here, it is very catchy and entertaining.

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