SKYFIRE - ESOTERIC
Metal To Infinity
ain’t at all a new Metal band. I still remember their first album, especially
because of the front cover (the laughing king). For some reason I was very
attracted to that cover and I’ve mentioned before how important a good looking
cover is for an album. It was not only the cover that was so important; Skyfire
impressed the Metal scène by their debut. Ever since they built a decent fan
base! Once again Skyfire delivers an album with an eye-catching front cover; the
paintings and colors are awesome. I admit I don’t know any album by this band,
although I liked anything I’ve heard from this Swedish guys before.
bombastic intro is a good way to start and if you like this kind of instrumental
– even classic – backgrounds and introductions you will easily be sucked
into the entire concept of this album.
is official a Melodic Death/Thrash Metal band but to be honest I hear a lot of
traditional Heavy Metal (Iron Maiden, Savatage) and Power Metal as well. Skyfire
might as well be considered as Progressive. I suppose it is the strength of this
band and this particular album to mix several Metal genres with entertaining and
imposing classic musical elements! Add intelligent song writing and I’ve told
almost anything about this release. The last time I was blown away by such
classical musical arrangements was when I heard the very first Beyond Twilight
album, still one of the best records in my collection.
And Decay” for example starts with amazing arrangements. Of course fast tempi
are used, making the band sound more extreme, so don’t worry if you’re a
‘die hard‘ Death Metal fanatic. Nevertheless Skyfire is far too melodic to
label them as a typical Death Metal band… maybe we can say they’re typical
Swedish. Still talking about this particular song I can tell you some good
guitar solos are weaved into it as well; fast fingered and emotional played!
Also in the other tracks you will hear striking guitars and interesting
solo’s. After a few listens I still consider “Rise And Decay” as one of
the strongest tracks on this release. “Darkness
Descending” is another song that is made strong because of those arrangements,
if you’re a fan of Therion you will like what you hear! The structure of this
mid tempo – yet overpowering – song will easily take you by the throat. Yes,
this is some great piece of Metal too! The songwriting is more than excellent
and this counts for every single track! “Misery’s Supremacy” and “Linger
In Doubt” are other songs I want you to hear because of their intensity and
delivers bizarre – even sinister – piano parts which fit
amazingly perfect into the songs. Also the other classic instruments and
choirs seems to have found their way into this Progressive kind of Death Metal.
The result is commanding and what people call ‘grand’! In each song the band
delivers some special effects, some things that leave you speechless behind.
It shows how intelligent this band is but believe me if I say the band
don’t exaggerate with anything, all musical ingredients are in perfect balance
and the musical quality is immense! Is it new and original? Hell no, but Skyfire
knows how to fit these elements perfectly into the total concept and I consider
them as masters in writing this kind of songs.
wise you need to be a fan of grunts, but even if you’re not you should try
Skyfire out. To be honest I am wondering how this music should have sound with
clean vocals. Would it have been also this remarkable? I suppose this
masterpiece should have stand tall with an exceptional singer. Only on a bonus
track you can hear some clean vocals which makes it possible to answer this
question. After hearing it several times I can say I’m satisfied because of
the fact that the band have chosen to use the grunts instead of the traditional
vocals. To be honest they’re not strong enough to lift the music to a higher
level. By using this kind of vocals the album would have lost a lot of its
strength and magic!
suppose youngsters will consider this as a masterpiece for their generation, I
support them easily in their thoughts as an older man. Although there’s a
revival of traditional Metal we don’t have to worry about the future! Whatever
happens, plenty of first class musicians are waiting to deliver us goodies in
the near – even far – future. In its style this is indeed a ‘magnum
opus’, no doubts about it!
My Points: 93 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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