Inner Blast – Prophecy

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Nordavind Records
Distributor/label URL: http://nordavindrecords.com/
Released: 2016
Buy Album [URL]: https://nordavindrecords.bandcamp.com/album/prophecy
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/innerblast/

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Band line-up:

Aquiles (guitar)
Liliana (vocals)
Luis (bass)
Monica (keyboards)
Sabu (drums)

Tracklisting: 

01. Private Nation
02. Insane
03. Darkest Hour
04. Feel The Storm
05. Tears
06. Legacy
07. Inner Fire
08. Time Machine
09. Wings of Freedom

Review:

Beginning in Lisbon in 2006, the band went through a slow process to get to this point, releasing their debut full length album. They previously had an EP out before this, and now they have got everything where they want and have put out nine songs of symphonic, female-fronted metal.

Yes, another symphonic metal band with a female vocalist…sigh…and with added growled vocals and some cheesy effects on first track “Private Nation”, which has the worst high-pitched female vocals that I have ever heard. I almost thought that it was a joke! But it isn’t. The album does get a bit better as it plays on, but it really never seemed to grab me at all. Well, I guess that one song did stick with me, “Tears” which is a slower song with piano, fantastic drumming and the vocals were perfect on this track. The next song carried on this style and made “Legacy” another rare, but great song on the album. Only one complaint with it, the growling male vocals that could have been left off and made it better.

I hear a lot of symphonic metal and this is an album that has a few pluses, the band plays with conviction and at times, the female vocals are heartfelt and beautiful, but does it really hold up to repeated listens? That is something that you will have to decide for yourselves. I don’t think that I will be putting this into rotation, but I won’t freak out if I hear it again.

Review by: Rick Ecker

 

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