WELICORUSS - APEIRON
Metal To Infinity
an album can be a really undertaking job. For example Welicoruss from Russia!
They released a ‘Wintermoon Symphony’ demo in 2002, also a ‘Wintermoon
Symphony’ demo in 2006, followed by a ‘Wintermoon Symphony’ promo EP in
2008. To complete the whole thing, they also released the ‘Wintermoon Symphony’
full length in 2008. Hard to say that this was a successful delivery…
we are pleased with a new album called ‘Apeiron’, and I hope that it won’t
go the same way as its predecessor. On this second album, the band Welicoruss
delivers awesome songs that will hit you right in the face! Apeiron has a total
playing time of 32 minutes, so it’s not a surprise that some consider it as an
EP instead of a second full-length album. The seven songs on this album are
really outstanding! For example, opener and title track ‘Apeiron’ takes
about +6 minutes and gives a full spectrum of the skills of the band. The
arrangement is refreshing, the sound is just perfect and we get a mid tempo
opening, a stomping forward rhythm section, a cool break in the middle part and
really cool melody lines! It has a progressive touch, some parts of the song
made me think on heavier Stratovarius songs, while other parts of the same track
have a lot in common with Children Of Bodom. The vocals of Welicoruss (main
concept, guitars and vocals) and Paularic (keyboard and vocals) are just
brilliant in this musical direction and style of the band! Fans of Equilibrium
and Elluveitie will be delighted when they hear this Russian band!
second track is called ‘To Far Worlds’, and believe it or not, but it has an
even more bombastic arrangement. We hear screaming guitars, up tempo riffing,
breaks that will make you shiver, and the vocals aren’t missed at all in this
instrumental track! This musical journey can be described as a rollercoaster of
bombastic, nowadays metal with long term guarantee! The next track is also an
instrumental delight! These guys know perfectly how to entertain people with
their musical skills. Track 4 is
called ‘Slava Rusi’ and again we get well dosed rhythm, bombast and variety!
Drummer Elias is giving full power and the guitars of Sower and
Welicoruss are dueling with the keys of Paularic! The songs are really like
concrete, and that’s because of the pumping bass of Dizharmons who fills every
possible hole in the musical structure! Again
we hear a lot of Pagan influences, and while the vocals are inflammatory, the
members of Welicoruss just give full power!
say that this band is delivering one of best kept secrets from Russia!
I will enjoy this album for the next coming weeks, and it might be
considered as a possible quotation for my personal top 10 of the year 2010!
My rating: 96 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
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