Brainstorm — Liquid Monster
(Metal Blade 3984-14526-2, 2005, CD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 2006-05-01This is German metal quintet Brainstorm’s seventh release to date and finds them in a more traditional frame of mind than most metal coming out of Europe these days. It seems that everyone else has added keyboards, new-fangled production tricks, or epic eight-part sci-fi concepts to their albums, but not these guys. Fans of old-school and speed metal a-la Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and older Metallica will no doubt enjoy tracks like “Worlds Are Comin’ Through,” the made-for-radio “Inside the Monster,” or the relentless assault of “Painside.” The sound focuses on front man Andy Franck’s rock-solid vocal delivery and the dual guitar attack of Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric. Drummer Dieter Bernert is adept at blasting out double bass drum fusillades to keep heads keep a-bangin’ till the sun comes up, and bassist Andreas Mailänder never leaves the pocket, welding his parts firmly to the bass drum. The songwriting favors simplistic arrangements and vocals, almost to a fault, though it does keep everything tightly focused. The only departure is the quasi-ballad “Heavenly”; not a great song, though a welcome change of pace. For my money the last two tracks, the speed metal workout “Even Higher” and the metal waltz “Burns My Soul” worked best, smacking of genuine authenticity devoid of the lowest-common-denominator weight affecting the rest of the album. Needless to say, Exposé readers should tread carefully when dealing with bands such as this, unless you’re eager to relive the glory days of 80s heavy metal.
Related artist(s): Brainstorm (2)
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more