|Review: Arthemis - Back From the Heat|
|Back From the Heat|
Label: Underground Symphony
Year released: 2005
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: October 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Back From the Heat
A name that is often thrown about in the Power Metal scene, Italian stalwarts Arthemis have been kicking about for a few years and have a string of records behind them, the best of which is 2005's Back From The Heat, a strange, enticing collection of weird and wonderful Power Metal like you've never heard it before.
Being the band of Alessio Garavello and Andrea Martongelli (who you should all know from Power Quest), Arthemis sound, believe it or not, quite a bit like Power Quest, particularly from their Magic Never Dies period, which means high-pitched, almost girlish vocals, crisp 80s guitars, flashy solos, and a whole load of pop hooks that keep coming and coming. Arthemis go for the throat with a kicking, somewhat hair metal attack, though they keep the double kicks and harmonies of Power Metal and throw in some hard rock, AOR, and even Thrash Metal segments (though generally they are a light, fluffy unit –one of the happiest in the genre, in fact). There is a lot of variation on Back From The Heat, with opener "Rising From The Ashes" bursting with a cool metal riff, "Desert Storm" raging forth with some pounding speed (but odd chord sequences), and "Only Your Heart Can Save Us" adding the Italian touch, recalling many bands from their homeland.
From the sassy artwork, you know this is something different, and it is. If you're looking for Power Metal that uses different devices to what you're used to, this is an album worth tracking down. Not every track is up to scratch (there are some curveballs such as "Star Wars" and "The Vampire Strikes Back"), but you'll find a lot of joy in this release. It gets better every time you spin it.
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