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Brainstorm: Memorial Roots

That distinctive, and one of the best voices in metal, being that of Andy B Franck is back, along with his fellow Brainstormers on their new CD Memorial Roots. Memorial Roots continues on the same path as previous Brainstorm albums, crammed with catchy and potent music. The digipack version of Memorial Roots comes with two enjoyable and heavy bonus tracks "Seems To Be Perfect" and "Too Late To Deny".

Brainstorm release their mighty metal on "Forsake What I Believed" a fine slow robust starter for Memorial Roots, while "Shiver" picks up the tempo, and "The Conjunction Of 7 Planets" is one hell of a catchy melodic metal banger, with a great chorus. This one would sound fantastic played live, as would many if not all of those on this CD. "Cross The Line" is your classic Brainstorm heavy rampant pumping dual kick number, "Nailed Down Dreams" has Andy's voice stealing the show... can this guy belt out a tune or what! The remainding tracks don't disappoint at all, "Victim" is a stellar track, in fact it's one of Memorial Roots best, the guitar playing on this number rocks as it does on the animated "Would You".

Memorial Roots is one infectious metal album. Melodic power metal fans should seek out this CD if you haven't already, and support one of those metal bands that do it best.

Track list:
01. Forsake What I Believed
02. Shiver
03. The Conjunction Of 7 Planets
04. Cross The Line
05. Nailed Down Dreams
06. Blood Still Stains
07. Ahimsa
08. The Final Stages Of Decay
09. Victim
10. When No One Cares
11. Would You
Bonus Tracks
12.Seems To Be Perfect
13.Too Late To Deny

Added: January 6th 2010
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Brainstorm: Memorial Roots
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-01-06 15:18:47
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Brainstorm have long been one of the most consistent bands in the power metal field, and though their last release Downburst might have been an 'ever so slight' step down from the excellent Liquid Monster before it, the band jumps right back into the fray with their new one Memorial Roots.

All of the trademark Brainstorm qualities are here-that unmistakable voice of Andy B. Franck, those super heavy, crunchy riffs from Torsten Ihlenfeld & Milan Loncaric, the solid rhythms courtesy of Antonio Leva & Dieter Bernert, a wealth of catchy melodies, and that slight undercurrent of a progressive attitude. It's been a winning combination for quite a few years, and it continues on here. Right out of the gate with "Forsake What I Believed", Brainstorm are cranking out catchy, melodic, heavy power metal, and it continues on with "Shiver", the prog-metalish "The Conjunction of 7 Planets", the rampaging "Cross the Line", the symphonic "Hailed Down Dreams" get the picture, the list goes on and on. There's always a nice little bed of keys underneath the crisp & crunchy guitar work, and Franck's voice soars througout-listen to all of these elements at work on the driving rocker "Blood Still Stains" or the moody "The Final Stages of Decay". Simply brilliant.

Basically, Memorial Roots is another complete winner for Brainstorm, and a great way to start off 2010 (though the CD was released in most of the world in late 2009, it has a January 2010 release scheduled for the US). Expect a quality CD booklet as always from the band, complete with some eye catching artwork, photos, and full lyrics. Now, if only this band would get over here to the US for some live shows, we'd really be in for a treat.

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