|Review: Molten Trail - Striving for the Sky|
|Striving for the Sky|
Label: Heart of Steel Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: February 1, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Striving for the Sky
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Despite only coming together in 2013, Molten Trail really seems to have a knack for melody on their debut, Striving for the Sky. The album features a slick combination of Progressive elements, a la Voyager, and the kind of pop vocal lines you might hear from Fifth Angel or Masterplan. The production is crisp and clear, as is the playing and both beg the question "why isn't Molten Trail on a bigger label?" The band centers on keyboardist Vytautas Diškevičius, who handled all the songwriting and lyrics, and boasts several guest vocalists and instrumentalists. I haven't heard of many of them though former Meduza/Seven Thorns singer Erik Blomqvist is part of the project. Musically, I prefer when Molten Trail keeps things simple and just goes for a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal sound like "Down the Vortex" with its big, Masterplan-inspired chorus. When they get overly progressive and self-indulgent (the theramin-like parts of "Maze of Forever" come to mind) I lose interest quickly.
Striving for the Sky isn't the heaviest album you're ever going to hear so if your tastes don't include stuff at the Hard Rock end of the Metal spectrum, you can safely skip it. On the other hand, those splashing around the melodic and progressive end of the pool will find a lot to like from Molten Trail.
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