|Review: Naufragant - A Short Life|
|A Short Life|
Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: September 6, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:A Short Life
Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)
Naufragant struck me as a black metal name, but this Argentinian band plays pirate-themed power metal on their debut, A Short Life. Queue the requisite comparisons to Running Wild, Alestorm and Blazon Stone, any of which will get you into the ballpark of what Naufragant are doing. Crunchy guitars playing folky/sea shanty melodies, keyboards, tales of life on the high seas, it's all here. When the band slows down, I can hear a little bit of Mob Rules, particularly the vocal lines and chorus on songs like "Of War, Hurricanes, and Bane." They have a good sound, particularly the guitars which are sharp and clear, and they don't let the folk elements or keyboards drown out the metal and that's appreciated. The singer is decent and never out of key, but I can't say I like his voice for this kind of music. It's got a little grit but isn't overly charismatic and the singer sounds like he's just a tad uncomfortable with some of the stuff he's been tasked with. As pirate power metal goes, A Short Life hits all the right notes and doesn't try to be too folky or amusing. It isn't anything you haven't heard any of the bands I mentioned earlier do, but they do it well and should be a player in this niche subgenre going forward.
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