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Review: Pertness - From the Beginning to the End
From the Beginning to the End

Label: Karthago Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 48:00
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: November 20, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
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Rated 3.89/5 (77.78%) (18 Votes)

This Swiss band has been playing together since the early 90s. Despite two demos between 94 and 98, they didn't release their official debut until 2008's Seven Time Eternity. It was also in 2008 the band signed with Karthago Records. So despite their short release history, what did this band have to give the metal world? It all starts and ends with Heavy Metal.

Those same doses of Heavy Metal can be heard in the band's sophomore album, From the Beginning to the End. Featuring a mixture of production styles, from recent to old metal, Pertness gives a nod to 80s heritage. They show influences of Iron Maiden along with many bands from the German scene including Grave Digger, Running Wild and Rebellion. A lot of the resemblance to those bands can be traced to lead vocalist Tom Schluchter who reminds me of both Chris Boltendahl, from Grave Digger, and Rebellion's Michael Seifert. Pertness also utilize the familiar German chunky riffs.

Using their tough image as a German metal band, Pertness also go for an epic feel. Supporting that epic scheme are full scale heavy passages and verses, bounded by melodies. The band also scored with the album title and artwork, both done very well. Their blend of melodic epic tales of fantasy with intense Heavy Metal is a winner for the band. Unfortunately, in the long run, Pertness doesn't electrify the listener as they should have. They seem to have forgotten to include some peaks in their songwriting.

From the Beginning to the End has its ups and downs. Pertness chose to follow bands like Grave Digger and Iron Maiden, a path they should continue on. However, as passionate as they are, they need more diversity. At best, they used only two types of melodies throughout their songs, and although good, two isn't enough. As mentioned earlier, Heavy Metal needs peak moments. What happened here is different. In the short term, Pertness impresses with their harmonies but they totally abandoned the solo parts crucial to their chosen style.

Pertness serves a full dish of melodies and tough metal on From the Beginning to the End. Occasionally impressive, it doesn't make the splash it should have.

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