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Review: Freternia - A Nightmare Story
A Nightmare Story

Label: Arise Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 50:00
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: February 11, 2010
Reviewed by: PowerMetal59
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Rated 4.04/5 (80.83%) (24 Votes)

Freternia are a Swedish band that has been around since the late 1990's, who play a very crunchy brand of Power Metal who for whatever reason can't seem to catch a break in terms of gaining any form of notoriety, in spite of the fact that they are infinitely more talented than many of the more famous acts that have splashed upon the Power Metal scene over the past several years.

A word to the wise: if you are a fan of the more happy or flowery form of Power Metal, then stop right where you are and do not give these guys a minute of your time. However, if you are like me and prefer a more ballsy and powerful recipe, then I would strongly suggest checking these guys out!

A Nightmare Story is the second and last full-length that Freternia has produced. I had long since surmised due to the long inactivity that they were defunct; not true, in fact they are working on material for an upcoming promo and samples of two new songs are posted on the band's Myspace page and they sound awesome! It is my fervent hope that more new material will follow because if history has taught us anything it is that A Nightmare Story and their previous output Warchants & Fairytales were a cut above in the convoluted Power Metal scene.

The album opens with the standout opus "Grimbor The Great", the main character in this fantasy-based concept, complete with thunderous riffing and a rock solid and booming rhythm section as well as the unique vocal delivery of Pasi Humppi, introducing "Grimbor The Great" with a high pitched scream that would make the likes of Halford or Dickinson blush with envy! He is able to reach the highest of heights with his high-end wail without any strain at all. Backing him up throughout the album are catchy lower register sing-along choruses which provide perfect balance against Humppi's ear-piercing screech. As previously mentioned the guitars are thick and heavy, the drums thunderous with frequent but not overdone double bass thumping throughout. In all there is not a single track on "Grimbor The Great" that I would label as weak.

For those who crave fantasy-based Power Metal with plenty of bite you certainly cannot go wrong by entering the world of "Grimbor The Great"! While you're at it check out the debut as well, which is another stupendous Power Metal journey in its own right.

More about Freternia...
Review: A Nightmare Story (reviewed by Bruce Dragonchaser)
Review: Warchants & Fairytales (reviewed by Bruce Dragonchaser)
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