|Review: Viron - NWOGHM|
Label: Sonic Age Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: September 13, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Viron are a German heavy/power metal band that stick to a non-flashy form of the genre. In other words, they're not over-the-top, flooded with keyboards, over-produced... Well, you get the idea. Sober power metal is the name of the game here, no doubt aided by several nods to traditional heavy metal that keep the album on the ground. Without necessarily sounding "happy", they are not a dark-sounding band either, pretty much holding the middle ground from beginning to end. Crunching guitars are at the rendez-vous, sometimes venturing into Maiden territory, and the vocalist is a good complement - thankfully not another monotone guy. From very melodic ballad singing, to fast melodic-yet-decisive, to borderline aggressive, he delivers the merchandise. If anything, the one problem this album has is that it may be a little too anonymous-sounding for its own good, but then again I'm really starting to wonder if that's such a bad thing. Some more catchy material would help the band put its name on the map, because in the end there isn't much on there that'll get stuck in your head. Nothing extraordinary but well done overall and quite listenable.
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