Metal / Death Metal / Progressive
It's been a while since I've done review and a lot of you have been asking for one, so today's lucky... more It's been a while since I've done review and a lot of you have been asking for one, so today's lucky recipient is Hollowpoint's "Stand Up". Hollowpoint are purveyors of 80's themed Metal, comparisons can be made to Loudness, Dokken, Priest and Maiden but only stylistically, the band have their own sound...and they deliver the goods in spades on Stand Up. The first thing I notice when listening to this type of music is that the vocalist usually is the weakest link in the band, not so with Hollowpoint. The vocalist here delivers a powerful and rocking performance, he combines the perfect amount of grit and attitude to keep the track driving and enjoyable. In my opinion his performance is pretty near flawless, there are no awkward moments where you're thinking "he didn't quite hit that note" or "that phrase was a little off"...I think that is why I liked it so much. After hearing dozens of tracks in this vein I finally got to hear a killer band do it justice and have me banging my head like I was 16 again. Some of you might be thinking "what good is a vocalist without the band behind him", and you'd be right. The band is also awesome, the riffs are tight and well thought out. They have certain amount of catchyness to them that really moves the song forward. I think my favorite part was the Maiden-esque style of the solo, really great stuff...it doesn't try to go from some meaningless face melting shred, just plays a deliciously engaging melody that is instantly memorable. As for as the production of the material goes, the recording is awesome as well. All the instruments are well balanced in the mix and sound punchy and in your face. What can I say that I haven't already said, great song by a great band that sounds great, Hollowpoint I salute you, the Metal flows through your veins...Christopher Carrion XXX
Just plowed through ApocaliptiCs album The Prophecy on Spotify and.... Yeah. This is good stuff!
I'm... more Just plowed through ApocaliptiCs album The Prophecy on Spotify and.... Yeah. This is good stuff!
I'm into melodic metal so this is my cup of tea. There are a few obvious influneces here and names like Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Children of Bodom, etc. pops into mind, but I don't mind. It is neatly blended onto Apo's own musical style and it work nicely. They label themselves "melodic death", but to me the only death-like element here is the vocal. Now, I don't wanna dwell too much on labels, so I'll leave the subject.
What really stands out are the almost ever ongoing guitar melody lines. The guitar sound is a bit thin to my taste, but combined with subtle synth, they give the songs a nice epic touch. Songs are all well arranged and have a lot of variation that fills out the realtively lenghty compositions and the vocal is just enough "in your face" to add some aggression.
The names of these guys indicates an origin a bit east of the shores of Bergen, but I really like the feel of the vocal lines in what I assume is polish.
All in all this was a pleasant finding and I'm definately gonne check them out further (allready liked them on Facebook - lol) and I recommend you doing the same thing :-)