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Review: Perpetual Rage - Empress of the Cold Stars
Perpetual Rage
Empress of the Cold Stars

Label: Inverse Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 49:58
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: December 29, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)

Perpetual Rage are a Heavy Metal band, formed in 2009, that come from the same city as the Finnish Heavy Metal dinosaurs Tarot: Kuopio. The unbeatable Finnish deathgrinders Demilich come from there as well, so perhaps 'kalakukko' has done some of its magic with these names...

The band self-released their 8-song debut album, The New Kingdom, in 2015. The follow-up album, released in June 2017, was released on small independent Finnish label Inverse Records and oh boy, it sounds good for what it is, even if in the same long breath I also have to admit the songs are pretty standard and predictable in structure, sort of missing that needed 'wow' factor.

Anyways, nothing changes the fact that these long-haired and bearded fellows love what they do, playing pure Heavy Metal from their metal hearts the best they can and just doing it all in a very entertaining, yet somehow safe way. Vocalist Tomi Viiltola sounds really darn good, often reminding me of both Antony Parviainen (Psychework, ex-Machine Men) and even one Mr. Dickinson you-know-from-which-band. He's got a great, ear-candy-ish voice, which also sits well with the other guys' attempts to create as traditional Heavy Metal as possible. The song "Boundless" is solid proof, oddly reminding me of Tarot here and there. Dark-flavored and ominous "The Creation" brings Texas Metal veterans Helstar to mind, and is also one of the sweeter numbers off the record. "Mesmeric Silence" has this main riff as a dominating element which could well be from Tony Iommi's own secret notebooks, so Black Sabbath surely aren't complete strangers to these Finns. The bass's strong presence on this track is just amazing.

As the album progresses on, the band continues shooting with hard bullets. "Evil" undoubtedly gets their crowd jamming and screaming the word 'evil!' as loud as they can. "Mark of Chaos" puts the pedal to the metal again, giving a reason or two to take that Helstar card out of your jacket's pocket again, while on closer "Silent Sky," the whole band goes into a power ballad mode, introducing a softer side of the band.

More about Perpetual Rage...
Review: Flames from Below (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with guitarist Petri Hallikainen, vocalist Tomi Viiltola and drummer Kari Hyvärinen on January 21, 2018 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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