|Review: Polarized - Western Hypnosis|
Label: Mighty Music
Year released: 2015
Review online: December 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)
Newly-formed international Metal act Polarized has a quintessentially Euro-American story: the members' origins can be found in such countries as Bosnia, Italy, Sweden and the United States of America. Daniel Botti, who was involved with Italian technical deathsters Node for more than 10 years (1997-2008) started writing his own material three years after his departure from that band, while also sharing his stuff with some of his friends on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Relatively soon after he had hired enough members to form Polarized: Lars Lindén on bass (also in Carnal Forge), Dino Medanhodzic on guitar (also in Soulbreach), Marco Di Salvia on drums (ex-Node) and himself on vocals and guitar.
On Western Hypnosis, Polarized's debut album, the guys bring in eight songs that speak for their previous experience of being in bands for years and learning new things as musicians. Polarized plays a mixture of Thrash and Heavy Metal which is both melodic and aggressive in the vein of Iced Earth or Metal Church. In other words, one can enjoy Polarized both as a melodic Thrash Metal band, or just an aggressive sounding and hard-edged Heavy Metal band that really doesn't have a soft spot in them. What is so great about Western Hypnosis is that it's a very coherent, well-crafted and tightly played album throughout. Polarized really does not try to ape any other bands but rather wants to bring the band out from the darkness into the light, as a quite unique and original sounding act that doesn't want to bow to any other specific band's direction. There's also teeny-weeny progressiveness involved with their sound which makes things a bit more special – and in a good way, of course. Daniel, on vocals, is also kind of aggressive with his singing, reminding me of Sy Keeler of UK thrashers Onslaught here and there. And speaking of Onslaught, a song like "Recipe for Death" could well be taken from Onslaught's song repertoire, as it's full of burning and frenzied Thrash Metal aggression.
Western Hypnosis came out of the blue to me, and I'm glad it did. I can assure you that you won't regret checking them out.
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