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Sons Of Seasons: Gods Of Vermin

Sons Of Seasons is an exciting new symphonic metal band, and with the involvement of such talents as Kamelot's Oilver Paloti on guitars and keyboards, Metalium's commanding vocalist Henning Basse, and guest vocals from Epica's Simone Simons, Gods Of Vermin has its share of gripping music.

Dispel any thoughts of hearing music in exactly the same vein as their main bands, as this is no clone. Oliver's a fan of metal, classical and jazz music; his compositions have given Sons Of Seasons their own identity. Gods Of Vermin is a mixture of heavy, light, fast and slow tracks, their music is also technical and not to mention atmospheric, with a great serve of impressive clean and some darker vocals. This CD has so many changes to keep you guessing where it's going. Everyone presents fine performances, and overall Gods Of Vermin is a great team effort, all of those involved have pooled together to give us a standout album.

The atmospheric instrumental opener "The Place Where I Hide" leads into title track "Gods Of Vermin", a track which displays Henning's diverse vocals and also Sons Of Season's enticing music. The potent "A Blind Man's Resolution", a cool progressive track, is followed by another heavy track "Fallen Family" which features some great music and vocal changes including the wonderful voice of Simone Simons. Track seven "Belials Tower", what starts out calm soon explodes into a furious barrage of metal, this track is a fun ride as it goes through its multiple changes.

Gods Of Vermin is an exceptional debut release from Sons Of Seasons, and also my first five star CD for 2009.

Track List:
1. The Place Where I Hide
2. Gods of Vermin
3. A Blind Man's Resolution
4. Fallen Family
5. The Piper
6. Wheel of Guilt
7. Belials Tower
8. Fall of Byzanz
9. Wintersmith
10. Dead Man's Shadows
11. Sanatorium Song
12. Third Moon Rising

Added: July 11th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Sons Of Seasons: Gods Of Vermin
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-07-13 10:13:40
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The press materials for Sons of Seasons refer to multi-instrumentalist Oliver Palotai's new band as a "musical playground," and that certainly holds true for the rather-grossly titled Gods of Vermin. Apparently, the erstwhile member of such bands as Kamelot, Doro and Blaze has been harboring a passion for jazz and classical music along with his metal, and with Sons of Seasons, he strives to integrate those styles into a dark, discernible sound.

But let's be clear: This is metal, first and foremost. Metalium's Henning Basse punches listeners in the gut with his muscular and brash vocal delivery, and Palotai and the rest of his band (including former Blaze drummer Daniel Schild) maintain the intensity. From the symphonic instrumental opener "The Place Where I Hide" to the rousing Middle-Eastern-tinged title track, from the galloping power metal of the Blind Guardian-like "A Blind Man's Resolution" to the cascading keys and extreme metal of "Fallen Family," and from the creepy atmospheres of "The Piper" to the hyper-aggressive "Belial's Tower," Sons of Seasons delivers a diverse debut that manages to stand out...

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