One must conclude that not even being on the side of the Christian god automatically makes you a great artist.
Let’s begin with the positive things about the third full-length from Swiss Bible-connesseurs Distant Past:
The cover looks great!
Bassist and keyboarder Adriano has done his homework on the lyrics. Very thorough, indeed. That, of course, has the direct consequence that there are more words for the two singers to utter. That is not necessarily a good thing!
The album is adourned by no less than two voices, namely those of Distant Past singer Jvo Julmy (formerly of Emerald) and Gloryhammer singer Thomas Winkler. I obviously can’t tell who’s who, but I can say that one of them tends to sound a bit like Ripper Owens when he was in Iced Earth. That’s when the vocals are tolerable or at least a bit interesting. Otherwise they’re not. Either the vocals are slightly off in a screamish way or plain half-hearted (take the song Scriptural Truth – I wonder if the two singers were sitting in each of their cardboard boxes when they did this one – completely devoid of feeling).
Now that we’re in the negative vein: The production of the album leaves a lot to be wished for – the drums in particular on the first two tracks and The Ascension are way off. To be honest, the album sounds a bit like a really good demo tape from the early nineties.
Other than that, Distant Past leans heavily towards Iron Maiden and Helloween, but sadly without coming near being able to lift the heritage.
I suggest new ways of spreading the gospel, guys. And good luck with that
1. Masters of Duality
2. Die as One
3. End of the World
4. Ark of the Saviour
5. Scriptural Truth
7. The Road to Golgotha
8. Heroes Die
9. The Ascension
10. By the Light of the Morning Star
Playing time: 48 minutes
Release date: 8th of April, 2016
Label: Pure Steel Publishing