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Review: Scarlatyna - Till the End
Till the End

Label: Pure Underground Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 35:59
Tracks: 7
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: January 7, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Till the End

Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Standard 80s-inspired Heavy/Power Metal from Germany's Scarlatyna is what you will find on their compilation album Till the End. All the tracks on this release originally appeared on a pair of demos from the early 90s. The band apparently got little label interest and went their separate ways but has now reformed with Pure Underground packaging up those demos to get the band's name back in circulation.

There's some nice guitar work, supported with simple keyboards, to be found in the somewhat crowded sound. The vocals are the focal point, and though they aren't necessarily bad, they are occasionally annoying. Singer Chris J. Marion has a good range that includes a low, gritty shout, high-pitched falsetto screams and his bread and butter mid-range. In the mid-range he has a tendency to drift off key while the falsetto sometimes goes on too long. He'll sing several lines up there and they aren't all that fantastic to begin with. What I cannot fault him for is his effort. He sounds like he's putting everything into his performance regardless of what he's singing. There's a good amount of energy evident in the entire band's performances.

The songs aren't anything you haven't heard before but "Selfmade Destruction" has a good riff/chorus combination and the solo on "The Tower" is top notch. Till the End is just interesting enough to make me curious about what Scarlatyna's next effort will sound like.

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