|Review: Area 54 - Beckoning Of The End|
|Beckoning Of The End|
Label: Casket Music
Year released: 2003
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Review online: April 29, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Beckoning Of The End
Back in 2001, Area 54 were the only new band playing what was considered real Heavy Metal in England; the boom of wannabe Power Metal and Folk Metal bands still a few years away. They sounded somewhat like Megadeth without the vitriol and technical prowess, though they did tend to throw a few Maiden-inspired duel guitar leads in front of battering and rampant percussion, which almost gave them a Thrash/Power Metal edge. Beckoning Of The End was their sophomore release from 2003, and after a fair amount of UK media coverage, they managed to score some decent support slots for bands like Blaze, who were also an anomaly in a scene that was very much in love with the nu-metal coming over from the States. Though they would release one more album in 2007, Beckoning Of The End proved their most noticeable, and at the time, you could see why.
Now, however, with the passing of almost ten years, it all sounds a little primitive. The guitar work is melodic and quite affecting, but the vocals of singer/axe-slinger Lakis Kyriacou just aren't powerful enough to pull off the demands of the music. His tone is nasally, subdued, and almost poppy in places. Coupled with the bare production it doesn't ignite many flames. That being said, opener "Living A Lie" is a truly fine song, with a great opening riff, a catchy vocal line, and a chorus that sticks around like an annoying childhood friend. Not bad for a young band trying to overturn the nu-metal wave, but staid by today's superficial, uber-slick standards.
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