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Brainstorm: On The Spur Of The Moment

From the very start you get the feeling this is going to be something special, building into that sublime riff and then that voice…..Andy B Franck has the power metal voice that could flatten skyscrapers. 'Below The Line' chugs on with a simple but catchy riff and includes some guitar solos that Queensryche once produced and can now only dream of. The pace is kept emphatic throughout and the sheer majesty of these German power metal masters ebbs through every orifice. If you're a fan of Russell Allen's supreme lung power then On The Spur Of The Moment is right up your street, 'Dark Life', 'No Saint- No Sinner' and album climax 'My Own Hell' are power metal, fist pumping, overtures of delight. This album came as a complete surprise to me and thankfully it has not been off my playlist for quite some time. Do yourselves a favor and grab this multilayered, metal master class which demands to be turned up to eleven.

1. Below The Line
2. In The Blink Of An Eye
3. Temple Of Stone
4. In These Walls
5. Still Insane
6. Dark Life
7. No Saint – No Sinner
8. Where Your Actions Lead You To Live
9. A Life On Hold
10. My Own Hell

Added: November 27th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Davies
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1495
Language: english

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Brainstorm: On The Spur Of The Moment
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-11-27 15:04:59
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Brainstorm have long been one of the most dependable acts on the European power metal scene, and once again they have not disappointed one bit on their latest release On the Spur of the Moment. Since 1989, this German band have delivered one solid release after another, and while it's arguable whether this latest is every bit a slice of heavy metal genius that 2005's Liquid Monster or 2009's Memorial Roots are, it's a damn powerful record nontheless.

Let's face it, Andy B. Franck (who has been fronting the band since 1999), is still one of the best singers in the genre, and he's front and center on On the Spur of the Moment, soaring to the heavens on cuts like "Below the Line", "In the Blink of an Eye", "In These Walls", and "My Own Hell", but it's his way of mixing up the high pitched wails with the throaty roar and husky mid range that really makes his performance stand out. Of course, Brainstorm releases are made or broken on the quality of the riffs, and once again Torsten Ihlenfeld & Milan Loncaric churn out a boatload of crunch throughout this CD, sure to bring a smile to any hungy metalhead's face.

With over 45 minutes of quality metal anthems, On the Spur of the Moment is another stellar release from veteran act Brainstorm.

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