Reviews from Utopian VoidUeberrock and Rocka Rolla Reviews 08.07.14 - Posted in Utopian Void reviews
Check out the Review of England's Uberrock:
Musically, it's flawless: Julmy's vocals are rich and resonant, soaring with the grace of an eagle over the solid rhythms of drummers Al Spicher and Jan Zweibel and bassist Adriano Troiano, who has a style which is very much akin to that of Steve Harris! The twin guitarists of Alain Curty and Christof Schafer are as effective as any operating in this style of music, switching neatly between crunching riffs and massive melodies, with some pretty impressive solos thrown along the way.
And here's one from Rocka Rolla of Buenos Aires:
Distant Past enrich their musical discourse with different syles. In particular show a predilection for high speeds, or even some dissonance like Pantera, as heard in "On the Edge" but generally what prevails on songs like "A Day Of Darkness", "Sceptre", "Faces "or "Helpless ", are the" maidenized"Parts . And to their credit they do no wrong. The instrumentally trained singer plays quite well in the role of Bruce Dickinson.
They say that you should never judge a book by its cover: does the same rule apply to bands? Because, to be brutally honest, this Swiss combo well and truly live up to their name, as their sound is so stuck in the Diamond Head style of NWOBHM that you have to blow three decades of dust off its cover before extracting the CD from within...
Now, that's not to condemn the album or be unnecessarily negative in critiquing this second full-length offering from DP, who are now fronted by veteran power metal vocalist Jvo Julmy (the singer's first recorded outing since the dissolution of his earlier project, Emerald, back in 2007), as, actually, it's not a bad album - and, in fact, as it progesses and you listen to it more (most reviewers listen to anything at least three times before commiting their humble words to the computer screen), it's quite a good listen, being what it is...
In addition to Diamond Head, other influences which are very obvious include 'Powerslave'-era Maiden (check out 'Kingdom Of Shadows' or 'The Hell Of Verdun' to see what we mean), classic Queensryche (as on 'Sceptre' or 'Helpless') and early Helloween (again, opener 'A Day Of Darkness' or 'On The Edge' very much plough this furrow): not a bad background to mine, and DP do it with efficiency and aplomb.
Musically, it's flawless: Julmy's vocals are rich and resonant, soaring with the grace of an eagle over the solid rhythms of drummers Al Spicher and Jan Zweibel (who both contribute to the album, although the latter has taken over from the former as the band's full time sticksman) and bassist (and band mastermind) Adriano Troiano, who has a style which is very much akin to that of Steve Harris! The twin guitarists of Alain Curty and Christof Schafer are as effective as any operating in this style of music, switching neatly between crunching riffs and massive melodies, with some pretty impressive solos thrown along the way.
The songs are thoughtfully constructed, giving the right balance between power and melody, light and shade to draw the listener in to the three-quarters of an hour so of its listening experience and leave a relatively satisfied customer possibly wanting to return for more at some stage in the future...
If you like classically-infused power metal of the sort delivered by the mighty Stormzone or Agincourt, then this is an album well worth checking out.