Reviews from "The Final Stage"

Review "Metal to Infinity" 18.08.21 - Posted in The Final Stage reviews Review by Stefan

Formed  in 2002 by two ex-members of Emerald, Swiss based Heavy Metal band released their fourth album “The Final Stage” on March 26th. 2021 through Pure Steel Publishing. Active as a studio project the first four years of existence and released both demo’s “Science Reality” (2003) and “Extraordinary Indication Of unnatural perception” (2005). For the real thing we had to wait until 2010, their debut album “Alpha Draconis” was offered to us as an independent product.

More Distant Past effort saw daylight in 2014 and 2016, entitled “Utopian Void” and “Rise Of The Fallen” were released with a clear passion for Classic Heavy Metal and their status as an unsigned band they were able to leave behind after a good understanding with their current label. Very competent albums but apparently things didn’t always go as planned, there was a metamorphosis in terms of the group line-up.

So Distant Past’s founders on duty Jvo ‘Jay Jay’ Julmy vocals) and Adriano Troiano (bass) had to look for new members to keep the band alive. This mission they carried out with success, Ben Solberger and Lorenz Laederach were welcomed as guitarists and Remo Herrmann took his place behind the drums.

“The Final Stage” guarantees 10, well-produced Heavy Metal songs with which the band will not win any prizes for originality, but it is a foregone conclusion that the compositions make me think back to the time when Metal was just Metal without too much fuss, I’m talking about the golden era of Metal music, the 80s ! There is a solid dynamic behind every song, both the songwriting and the passion of the musicians may be considered high quality ! Fans of the NWOBHM genre can also have a pleasant time with this album, very central to it are the clean/strong vocals and the nice guitar lines that provide the appropriate, Classic Heavy Metal vibes.

As a worshipper of good old-fashioned Heavy Metal in all its glory, I find “The Final Stage” a very successful album, while listening to all the songs I imagine myself back in the 80s, THE period that still means a lot to me for various reasons. Distant Past’s newest piece is not at all a match for contemporary Metal followers, instead those akin to a good oiled Metal sound will have a blast !  They surely gets from me the absolute approval and appreciation, No Metal Like Old School Metal reads the verdict ! Order at:

My rating: 89/100 (Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it)