Born from the
ashes of X Factor, this Russian 4-piece is destined to catch the big
public's attention in the years to come.
What with the fact they play old style Thrash metal and their concept,
which has never been shown so clearly and poignantly by any other band
I'm aware of before, you'll be conquered by this 9-track starting without
an intro and straightforward from beginning to end.
People who know their material is all at the same elevated level aren't
afraid of using their title track as an opener, and therefore we start
with a series of remarkable riffs influenced by the latest Kreator preceding
a mid-tempo break and a brutal yet dynamic drum work.
On the same guide lines is the fast "A Day of Reckoning",
one of the few to include a couple of modern thrash riffs.
On the other hand, "Beggar" begins with quite articulated
drumming, soon to mix Sepultura and the Metallica of "Master
of Puppets". This song turns out to be a masterpiece when you
listen to the exciting axe solo, the melodic break and of course the
most representative lyrics of the whole CD, relating to the cool artwork,
more current nowadays than ever.
Another composition paying a big tribute to the most recent Kreator
is "Please Your Master"; good even if not original
at all, whereas a marvellous entwining between vocals and instruments
is in the following "Dance with Death".
The long "Empire of Madness" stands out thanks to its
refrain, the best of the 9 here proposed (delayed and ferocious); remarkable
are also the alternation between drums and guitars and the guitar solo,
while "Misanthrope" is nothing but a paragon of very
wicked Speed metal; singer Sergey Novikov doesn't only sing here; he
claims and warns about his unstable state.
The song n. 8 is in the cool and powerful Russian idiom, and contains
a few opener riffs and a lot of instrumental parts; aggressive the riffs
after the penetrating chorus.
The chosen closer is a lively and vitaminized cover of Ramones' classic
"Somebody Put Something in My Drink".
There's not a minimum of personality in this work, but it lets itself
listened to easily and that's a quality not to be ignored. The sounds
are professional but the kickdrums and the bass should be more present,
while all the rest can be heard well, especially the guitars and the
snare drum. To me "Blind Faith" is the nth confirmation
old Thrash will never die even if it'll never be as popular as in the
golden years anymore. It's a shame but I think I'll sleep tonight anyhow.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 12/7/04