SHINING FEAR - APOCALIFE
EMMECIESSE MUSIC PUBLISHING
Metal To Infinity
leather boys and one metal chick, that’s the line up from Italian metal act
Shining Fear. Their musical style and direction can be identified as Euro Metal
Rock, and when I was listening to this unknown band for the first time, my
thoughts directed to Lacuna Coil, but with a much heavier sound. And that’s
exactly what makes this band worth checking out.
Shining Fear might be unknown so far, but the future looks bright for
this young potential metal outfit! The
band released a demo in 2005 (‘Catch The Breathe’), got critical acclaim by
the metal press and they worked hard to get better and better. Through the years,
the musical direction changed from Gothic-oriented work into more aggressive and
songs with a rough edge.
I suppose that the band is at this moment in a situation that they feel
comfortable. The songs have an own identity, the variation is present and they
have skilled musicians on board!
first track on this debut album is the title track, and gives a good idea what
to expect. ‘ApocaLife’ is a strong track which contains a deadly break in
the middle section, which is a forerunner to a speed metal acceleration. The
vocals of Barbara Mischeri bring the song back to the original speed, and it’s
really remarkable how well the vocals and music fit together.
next track is called ‘Caresses In Darkness’, and again we hear a good up
speedy riff, although the drums are a little monotonous.
The guitars and vocals are again from a superb level, and both drag the
song into a higher speed.
‘Haunting Damnation’ starts really dark and heavy!
The interaction between guitars and keyboards create a wall of sound and
the song contains an outstanding melody line. There are a lot of breaks and the
squeaking guitars are a perfect match with the arrangement.
continue with the song ‘No One Erase’, which begins really modest and calm.
This is only calm before the storm as the track is bursting out into
maximum force and deadly speed! Woohoo, this
band is playing so tight and so solid!! After a lot of amusement we
continue with the song ‘Eight’.
Well, this is a logical continuation of what we heard so far.
Congratulations to the vocal parts and the killer break that lifts this track to
a higher level!
Worlds Collide’ has a great arrangement, again, and the spherical parts in
‘Absolute Contrast’ indicate that this band is thinking when they write
is not just a speedy metal band, they pay a lot of attention to the arrangements
of the songs and that’s what you will hear when you take a good listen to this
Those that believe that the best songs were at the beginning of the disk
are totally wrong. Listen to track 8 ‘Come From Hell’ and you will agree
that this track is one of the best songs that you have heard in days!
whole disc of ApocaLife was already recorded in November 2008, but I guess that
being unsigned resulted in this independent release.
It’s a shame that bands with this potential have to beg for a little
spot of respect from the record labels!
If you like your music hard, renewing and energetic, you know what to buy
in your local record store!
My rating : 95 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
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