|Review: Scelerata - Skeletons Domination|
Label: Nightmare Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
Second time around for Brazilian Power Metallers Scelerata, and unlike many of their fellow countrymen, they have quite the distinguishing tool in their arsenal: they don't want to be Angra. Take a step back and chew on that for a moment. This is a real turn up for the books, considering the stranglehold Edu Falaschi and chums have over most melodic metal acts in their homeland. But, almost stoically, Scelerata steer clear of such comparisons throughout their highly enjoyable – yet ridiculously titled – sophomore effort, Skeletons Domination, a catchy, melodic, and down-right pleasant tablet of thrilling Power Metal standards that'll have those who favor the underground masters over mainstream heroes wetting their kegs in excitement.
Well, perhaps I'm going a bit overboard, but this genre has been rather lackluster of late, what with most struggling to find an identity in the ever growing Power Metal population. And yet Scelerata, who are by all means as generic as they come, still manage to stir things up with a heavy yet sugary blend of Dionysus ("Spiritual Path") and Metalium ("Phoenix Tales"), sprinkled with specks of early Edguy ("Leave Me Alone") and latter-period Sonata Arctica ("Surrender"). This marks quite a discernible difference to Brazilian counterparts Angra and Hibria, in that Scelerata's bag of tricks contains more than mere speed, with the majority of their songs taking many forms, going through numerous stylistic changes, without ever really detracting from the staples of the genre. Production wise things are a bit shaky – the bass-heavy sound does nothing to iron out the creases in Carl Casagrande's feathery, Olaf Hayer-esque vocals – but with that hurdle behind you, there is plenty ahead to discover for genre buffs, particularly the infectious "Cancer", no pun intended, of course
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