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CD review BOREALIS "World of Silence MMXVII"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Borealis, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal, AFM Records

(7/10) Canada is known for some metal. Bands like Annihilator and Voivod are coming from there and also the legendary Rush is connected to the maple leaf. Another band that can look back on a longer band history is Borealis from Orangeville, Ontario. These guys are around since 12 years and they have a new album that will hit the record shop end of January.

The guys didn't reach a level of popularity that can be compared with the before mentioned bands, but they have released already three full-length records with the forth one that is in the starting blocks, ready to run. "World of Silence MMXVII" is the name of the disc that features ten new songs, providing a running time of almost 60 minutes.

Borealis is into power metal. Heavy riffs and great vocals are the main trademarks of this outfit which means that's the basic ingredients the guys make use of. However, there is a certain progressive touch to most of the songs as well, something that makes them slightly more interesting than a pure straight-forward moving metal machine. In combination with the smartly integrated melodies the whole package is something that's actually worth to listen to.

Songs like the bombastic "Eyes of a Dream" and epic "From the Fading Screams" are good metal stuff; music that's well supported by a proper production. The sound of the album is loaded with power and is an open invitation for some headbanging.

Overall "World of Silence MMXVII" is a good metal record. It comes with well-crafted songs that are, in the framework of power metal, nuanced and energetic. "World of Silence MMXVII" comes with no trace of silence. This album is loud and that's also the way you should listen to it. Turn up the volume.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lost Voices
  2. Midnight City
  3. From the Fading Screams
  4. Forget the Past
  5. Eyes of a Dream
  6. World of Silence
  7. The Afterline
  8. Divin Answer
  9. The Dawning Light
  10. Black Rose

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 27th, 2017

CD review BOREALIS "World of Silence MMXVII"
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CD review BOREALIS "Purgatory"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Borealis, Brainstorm, Evergrey, News, CD Review, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Kamelot

(8/10) Metal from Canada means Annihilator when it comes to thrash, Anvil when it comes to metal and Rush when we talk about prog. Power metal wasn't so far something Canada was famous for. This might change with "Purgatory", the newest release from Boeralis.

The tracklist of Purgatory" contains 12 new songs that are positioned somewhere between melodic metal and power metal. In case you haven't heard from the five-piece before you should think about bands like Evergrey, Kamelot and Brainstorm.

The Ontario-based guys surprised me with their new album. "Purgatory" is not really a musical revolution. They joy of the album is more the immese power, the forceful production and the love for detail. 

The cherry on the cake with Borealis is their singer Matt Marinelli. The guy has an awesome voice that covers a range from higher screams up to rougher vocals. It is this wide range that allows an emotional interpretation of the tunes.

It's hard to pick out some songs since the level is constantly high. But there are a few tracks I really like after havingheard them a couple of times. "The chosen one" is one of them. The tune has a progressive tough by still sticking to the melodic metal roots. It also comes with a great solo and vocal lines that are catchy. The keyboards might be a bit dominant in certain parts, but they support the song and add something to the totality instead of weakening the positive impression.

Next to those signs of power Borealis also manage the silent parts. "Rest my child" is a soulful ballad that builds up towards the end. Instead of drowning in cliche the tune is touching and a great moment on "Puragtory".

Last but not least, the title track. I think that the number is well chosen for being the name giver for the longplayer. It combines all what Borealis stands for - power, crunchy riffs, big sounds, catchy melodies, heaviness and a skosh of prog.

The only thing that doesn't really gives me the shivers is the cover. But who cares...

"Purgatory" became a very 'European' power metal album, performed by a band from Canada. It's an excellent longplayer for intensive headbanging and I hope we will see th guys in Europe pretty soon. One of the best power metal records in 2015.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Past the veil
  2. From the ashes
  3. The chosen one
  4. Destiny
  5. Darkest sin
  6. My peace
  7. Place of darkness
  8. Welcome to eternity
  9. Sacrifice
  10. Rest my child
  11. Purgatory
  12. Revelation

 

Label: AFM 

Genre: Power Metal

Release date: Already released 

CD review BOREALIS "Purgatory"
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