|Review: Thunderblast - Invaders from Another World|
|Invaders from Another World|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: August 6, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Invaders from Another World
Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)
Invaders from Anther World, is, as the name implies, full of sci-fi/horror themed lyrics courtesy of Columbia's Thunderblast. Album number two features lots of thrashy Power Metal riffs and a fair amount of speedy double kicks, while avoiding keyboards almost entirely. Song titles like "Horror at Outpost 10," "Invaders from Another World" and "When Zombies Rise" should leave little doubt what the band likes to sing about.
Scanner's Hypertrace album would be a prime reference point, from both a lyrical and a sound perspective, with two caveats; Invaders from Another World is thrashier and less smooth while singer Felipe Franco has more of a gravelly voice than Hypertrace's Michael Knoblich. Musically, Invaders from Another World is better than average. The guitar tone is sharp, the riffs pack some decent punch and the solos are well done and quite melodic. The album does start to flag by the middle and songs become less and less exciting as it progresses. Singer Franco sounds as if he's really forcing it and often seems to struggle to stay on key, which is distracting when it happens.
Less than thrilling, but not worthless by any stretch, it is still hard to see how Invaders from Another World will separate Thunderblast from the pack.
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