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Review: Desert Song - Desert Song
Desert Song
Desert Song

Label: Independent
Year released: 2024
Duration: 33:04
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock


Review online: June 29, 2024
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)

Desert Song is a project helmed by Pekka Montin and Kimmo Perämäki of Ensiferum and Spiritus Mortis respectively. You might expect something in the realms of either band, but this is actually all about old-school metal and rock ranging from Queensrÿche to Thin Lizzy to Blue Oyster Cult, making for a melodic and often mellow sound that isn't so much new as it is an addictive mix of all things old, tried and true. You get more upbeat tracks like "All for One, One for All" and the U.F.O-esque "Where the Sun Doesn't Shine," vintage metal tracks like the ooolllldddd Priest opening of "Rain in Paradise" and the mysterious, Queensrÿche-inspired "Another Time," and even some surprising songs like the closing instrumental "Cottage," the excellent ballad "The Most Terrible Crime," and the gorgeous, melancholic album highlight "Desert Flames," all of which are given life by the varied and powerful vocals of Pekka and Kimmo. There are plenty of bands that seek to ride on the winds of nostalgia, but while many are simple imitators blowing derivative crap in your face, Desert Song are the real deal as they build on tradition to make something familiar yet distinct. A damn impressive debut that's worth checking out.

More about Desert Song...
Interview with keyboardist and vocalist Pekka Montin, bassist, guitarist and vocalist Kimmo Perämäki and drummer Vesa Vinhavirta on September 25, 2023 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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