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Review: Artizan - Curse of the Artizan
Curse of the Artizan

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 48:49
Tracks: 8
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: May 12, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Curse of the Artizan

Rated 3.06/5 (61.11%) (18 Votes)

Curse of the Artizan is the debut album from Floridian band Artizan. It's funny how upon first hearing the album and having never heard of the band before, my first thought was "they have an American sound" and, lo and behold, they are from the good old U.S.A. By "American" sound I mean that while they play a melodic style of Heavy Metal, it has a dark edge to it, much in the same way the music of U.S. bands like Jag Panzer and Savatage does. Not that Artizan is on the same level as either of those long standing acts, but, hey, Curse of the Artizan is a debut after all.

The album starts out with the OK song "Trade the World" but then steps it up quickly with "Rise," which has an infectious, Fire Down Under-era Riot chorus. "The Man in Black" has a laid back, yet still heavy, vibe as does the follow up, "Fire." While nothing shockingly different, these three tracks mark some catchy songwriting that are quite fun to listen to. Unfortunately, the ideas seemed to start running out in the second half of the album. Riffs ("Game Within a Game") and choruses ("Fading Story") start to get a bit repetitive. The 9 minute closer, "Curse of the Artizan," is too long and starts to drag by the end. Still, the performances are good and all the players work well within the songs with no one trying to outshine anyone else. This lets the songs do the talking, a very mature approach.

Curse of the Artizan is a solid effort with some excellent songs mixed in with some that are a bit dull. With some consistently improved songwriting, Artizan could easily take their music to the next level.

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