|Review: Escape - Spiritual Guidance|
Year released: 2002
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 3, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)
This band hails from Brazil and presents a mix of traditional and power metal, with some minor symphonic elements added for effect (i.e. nothing to the extent of such symphonic bands as Rhapsody, for example.) The vocals are a little on the aggressive side, not the type of vocals commonly associated with power metal, but more like a mix of traditional heavy metal clean vocals with a thrashy edge. The synths are sometimes a bit annoying, used where a guitar part would have been a better choice.
What I remember the most out of this demo is that I don't really remember much - i.e. there's nothing on here that really catches the attention and when the CD ends, it's almost as if I had not listened to it. Not that the music is bad - it's well-played and there are some interesting moments, but it lacks a "je ne sais quoi" that makes it a miss for me. Not bad for a demo, but the band will need to work at it more to get a full-length out there that'll make people talk about them. The basics are there - overall good playing and the singer seems to be pretty flexible with a reasonably good range for the genre. I think they could even gain from dropping the synths altogether, as their contribution is minimal, if not obstrusive at times. Shows potential if the guys can refine their sound on future recordings.
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