|Review: Scarblade - The Cosmic Wrath|
|The Cosmic Wrath|
Label: No Remorse Records
Year released: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: November 2, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
for:The Cosmic Wrath
Rated 3.3/5 (66%) (10 Votes)
Scarblade is a Sweden-based band comprised of Greek members. These guys started out in 2013 as Ruthless Steel, releasing an EP called Die in the Night, and now they deliver their debut album, The Cosmic Wrath. What we have here is a blend of old-school Heavy Metal in the vein of Warlock with glimpses of modern elements found in acts like Crystal Viper and White Skull. In fact, vocalist Aliki Kostopoulou sounds very much like other Traditional Metal female singers such as Doro, Leather Leone and Marta Gabriel.
When I first grabbed this promo I was curious to see what these guys could do, as their EP was spot-on with raw and rugged old-school Metal charge in the likes of Acid and Chastain, but what we see here is a more modern and more polished approach, which is not bad altogether, but hurts the experience a little bit; feels to me like they are trying to distance themselves from the underground and grab a slice of the mainstream pie. The arrangements in the majority of the songs – even the ones on the good "Die in the Night" and "Power of Hate", tracks that were present on the Die in the Night EP – actually make the tunes less powerful and bombastic; instead, they often feel sapped and flat. The drumming is simple and provides a good support for the guitars and keyboards, and the short length of the album makes the experience enjoyable, but forgettable.
All in all, Scarblade's debut is rather ambiguous; it provides a good amount of fun and has cool and catchy tunes like "Live Wire" and "United as One", but at the same time the songwriting makes the whole endeavor short on aggressiveness and power. I would only recommend this to die-hard fans of the bands I mentioned above since these guys are not doing anything new or even kicking any butts while trying to surpass (or emulate) their influences. It's an interesting band and I'll keep an eye on them, but The Cosmic Wrath's just not on par with the avalanche of awesome Heavy Metal releases of 2016.
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