|HAMMERFALL: "Crimson Thunder" www.hammerfall.net|
|review by Dalia "gryphon_spirit"|
|Ah here Hammerfall play safe!
Crimson Thunder is a very good album we cannot deny it, and every lover of
Power Metal will soon elect it like one of the fav CD's. The most
particular feature in my opinion is that the old flavours and chords à la
eighty years are fully taken back and reproposed in a darker way. The new
trend that sees the Power Metal march in the double track of the revival of
classic rock resonances, and, at the same time, of the new taste towards
darker horizons is fully confirmed by Crimson Thunder. Besides the usual
hymnic and galloping rhythms, here we can find a more emphasized research
towards slowliness and sadness. The catchy tracks are many and maybe
too catchy sometimes, i mean this is an album that hits the mark,
goes straight to our ears with easiness showcasing all the persuading chords, instrumentations and rhythms you can imagine.
this way one could be caught in the trap of being too commercial . Indeed,
darkness apart, there is not much innovation in this album, but surely
there are many tracks fully unespected from HammerFall!! Crimson Thunder
can be listened and enjoyed by a wider range of audience a last!. You can argue till the
day of the Last Judgement
about the image of Hammerfall as a band, i couldn't care less about their
usual detractors, i don't give a flying f*ck of how a band is dressed up, or
of how stages the performances, for me only 2 things are important: music
and the way a band interacts with audiences and fans .
So OK TO THIS CRIMSON THUNDER: slower, darker, catchy , generally
mid-paced, with rather simple but effective riffs, at the end of story not pretentious.
And those who
think it's the usual hackneyed music full of clichés have only to listen
with well washed ears to the dark atmospheres here and there, to Joacim
Cans' powerful vocals never too high (ohhh always a point a favore for me) ,and to
the precise and sharp soundscape. Yes i admit: there is not the Helloween touch which
trasmutes every Power in a very exciting thing, but another time i couldn't
care less. Moreover many chords let remind too much other songs previously
proposed in the metal wide wide world : so
many times i wonder: "ehy! but this passage is reminding
me something!" but again i couldn't care less. Even
better if some resonances are recovered and recycled for the new generations.
Discussing on this level, what should we say then about the countless
covers of the hip hop genre and related ones??
The production is impeccable and the time passed listening to this album runs away in a minute. I suggest this album to everybody without exceptions, one reason for approaching the Power/Heavy style for all who have ever disliked this genre. You will find heaviness, riffs, traditional metal of good quality, melodies, good guitars, proposed in a gloomier way. Exceptional to be heard while driving,.
Hearts on Fire and On the Edge of Honour are the songs i like less, anyway not bad ones, they are totally and directly into the more usual HammerFall style.
Among the songs i prefer there are the opener Riders of the Storm; - the fully convincing, heavy and rather dark-oriented Crimson Thunder with its thunderous chorus; - and then Lore of the Arcane so dark and atmospheric , with a chorus that will give you the shivers with its church-feel, and which gets straight into Trailblazers, a little bit old-Helloween-like in some passages; - the acoustic ballad Dreams come True: slow, sad but full of hope, emphasized by the strings, in a word fantastic, with a pale medieval touch (ehi this is something for Gotthard fans too without doubt!, maybe too much Gotthard!); - the tormented , deep and dark Angel of Mercy, Chastain cover, solemn, mystical and simple at the same time, with brilliant bass sounds and crunchy guitars, enlighted by the lead;- the "bang-your-head" and enthralling The Unforgiving Blade with a cool guitar weaving, powered by fully classical "rock-on -the road"flavours and thunderous bass sounds; - the instrumental melodic In Memoriam with a kicking ass lead and strong backrhythmics; -and finally the heavy , sad, powerful, anthemic Hero's return with aggressive vocals, and its simply earthquaking musicscape , its chorus and the cool nearly gothic outro. Ehi, but it's practically the whole album! Seen? And i bet this will happen to you too: listening to the whole CD, appreciating nearly every note in it and then wondering: "Oh it is already ended?"
rating: 09/10 yes! and very happy about!
|Dalia Carla "gryphon_spirit" Di Giacomo|
|Niederrohrdorf - Switzerland||Impressum|