|Review: Thaurorod - Anteinferno|
Label: Noise Art Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 28, 2015
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
While the first opus from Thaurorod was unfocused but well performed, the second, the careening Anteinferno, made up for a lot of its shortcomings. For a start, they drafted in former Seventh Wonder vocalist Andi Kravljaca, who may have one of the most feminine voices in the business, but it suits Thaurorod's lilting style like a glove, and he immediately makes this band easier to digest. The songs are also a lot more concise, with sharper hooks and catchy riffs. This is still Sonata Arctica on speed, with a bit of Pathfinder thrown in, but with that formula they have crafted some excellent Power Metal cuts like "Heart of The Lion" and the fabulous opener "Planet X", probably the best song this band will ever write.
The first half of the album is surprisingly strong, and you'll find yourself singing these tunes when you least expect it, but the second half suffers from the same problems of the debut. We have directionless, overly technical tunes and pseudo-epics that just don't cut the mustard, particularly the title track, which has absolutely nothing of value. Power Metal nuts should get this for hooky songs like "Overboard" and the aforementioned "Planet X", but those looking for a deep album to immerse themselves in should seek it elsewhere.
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