|Review: Meridian - Metallurgy|
Label: Mighty Music
Year released: 2013
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 11, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Here's some fresh blood from the Danish Metal scene; Meridian is the name of this Heavy Metal act, formed in 2005. Meridian have already made an impact on fans in their home country with their EPs All the World's Cage, released in 2007, and Inside the Machine, released in 2009, and it was just a matter of time before some label took note of their potential. Not surprisingly, it was Denmark's Mighty Music that wisely signed Meridian to their roster.
Metallurgy is the title of Meridian's 10-track debut and the modern and slightly progressive Heavy Metal is strongly crafted. The main thing you'll notice on the record is the smart guitar playing of Steffan Pedersen and Martin Andersen, along with Lars Märker's melodic and soft-toned vocals. Meridian's modern Heavy Metal flows well but, at the same time, it needs to be said it's a bit under-powered at times, like something that could get the songs flying all over the place is lacking. Then again, songs like "Red Horizon," "Seeking Immortal Life" and "My Enemy," even if they don't really bring anything new to the vast dinner table of Heavy Metal, have a sharpness that gives this band the right to exist in the first place.
I'm sure better days are just ahead for Meridian and Metallurgy wasn't a bad opening album from them. With some time and effort, I am quite sure we'll hear from them in the future.
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