July 18, 2014
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
1. Derivation TNB (03:27)
2. The Endless Feed (Chaos Seed Remix) (03:58)
3. Undo Control (Live In Krakow, Poland) (05:25)
Total Length: 12:50
Derivation TNB is sort of a remix, it uses a couple bits from three different songs while also being an extended song of a section of one that is present on the Character album. TNB stands for The New Build, one of the songs it is created from. The Endless Feed is a remix version, and it slows it down a lot. It’s calm and nice, but I prefer the original. Undo Control is live, and I assume they couldn’t fit it on the disc they released with the rest of the set. I’m not entirely into the song, yet I bet I would love it live. This is a tiny little collection and hard to regard on its own, but at least it’s interesting.
Final Rating: 6.5/10
July 16, 2014
Release Date: 1972
Genre: Progressive Rock
1. L’Evoluzione (Evolution) (14:03)
2. La Conquista Della Posizione Eretta (The Conquest Of The Upright Stance) (08:43)
3. Danza Dei Grandi Rettili (Dance Of The Big Reptiles) (03:43)
4. Cento Mani E Cento Occhi (One Hundred Hands And One Hundred Eyes) (05:23)
5. 750.000 Anni Fa… L’amore? (750,000 Years Ago… Love?) (05:39)
6. Miserere Alla Storia (Have Mercy To History) (05:59)
7. Ed Ora Io Domando Tempo Al Tempo Ed Egli Mi Risponde… Non Ne Ho! (And Now I Ask Time For Time And He Answers Me… I Don’t Have Any!) (03:29)
Total Length: 46:59
L’Evoluzione starts off with a neat atmosphere that is a mesh of things going on at the time with a heavy dose of some special bit that just feels Italian. The vocals are great as well, and the arrangement is amazing. The song takes off about a third of the way through and it’s a ton of fun and sums up what is amazing about this band. There’s so many strange little elements going on and they are all great. Really amazing song to start off the album.
La Conquista Della Posizione Eretta starts off fantastically as well, and is just chock full of fun proggy stuff akin to Gentle Giant. Danza Dei Grandi Rettili is a somewhat jazzy instrumental piece. It’s fun, but pretty much all the other tracks outclass it. Cento Mani E Cento Occhi gets nuts pretty quickly and stays that way the whole time, including one of the heaviest moments I’ve ever heard in a prog album from this ear.
750.000 Anni Fa… L’amore? is really a showcase for the singer, and it doesn’t fail on that front one bit. Miserere Alla Storia is a second instrumental track, and just as crazy as the first. It’s always inventive and never dull to listen to. Ed Ora Io Domando Tempo Al Tempo Ed Egli Mi Risponde… Non Ne Ho! has a bit of a circus flair to it and it just really nice and pleasant, though kind of creepy as well. This album grew on me pretty quickly, and now a lot of it won’t get out of my head, especially the vocals.
Final Rating: 9/10
July 14, 2014
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Folk Metal
1. Ad Victoriam (03:11)
2. Blood Is The Price Of Glory (05:17)
3. Deathbringer From The Sky (05:11)
4. Ahti (03:56)
5. One More Magic Potion (05:21)
6. Wanderer (06:33)
7. Raised By The Sword (06:11)
8. The New Dawn (03:42)
9. Victory Song (10:38)
10. Lady In Black (04:34)
Total Length: 54:34
Ad Victoriam is kind of standard as far as intro tracks for albums like this go, but it’s a solid one. It’s kind of down-key, like it’s trying to stay back and not be in your face, which is a good change of pace. Blood Is The Price Of Glory is a solid track, but I feel like it goes on too long and tries to do too much. The meat of the song is lost in all the fluff, there’s no single bit that I can hang on to when trying to think of it later.
Deathbringer From The Sky is much better in that regard, the opening sticks with you and the chorus is catchy as hell. This song is really the start of the album for me. Ahti has more in common with Finntroll or Korpiklaani than the Ensiferum of old, but I’m not really complaining. I love hearing interesting arrangements and instruments like in here, and the vocals work very, very well. One More Magic Potion is a lot of fun as well. It kind of loses itself at times, but I’m enjoying myself the whole time so all is well.
Wanderer has a great intro and the song builds very well. I admit the album turned me off at first. The lack of Jari and feeling the need to compare brought it down, but on its own it’s quite well done. Raised By The Sword is also pretty great, though I don’t think most of these songs need to be 6 minutes. The New Dawn is a fine song, but by this point in the album it feels kind of unnecessary.
Victory Song has a fairly long intro that honestly feels kind of useless. There are some cool riffs and bits in it, and the chorus is nice. Not one of the best ‘longer’ tracks I’ve heard, but done well enough. Lady In Black is a Uriah Heep cover, and surprisingly it fits their style pretty well. It seems like a simple song and they kind of overdo it, but it’s not bad at all. Kind of sums up this album: enjoyable to listen to but doesn’t beg me to play it again right after it’s done.
Final Rating: 7.5/10