From the impressive Finnish metal scene comes a brand new band with
the intend to bring us progressive metal with a strong melodic
touch. When keyboard player Mikko Harkin (ex-Kotipelto, ex-Sonata
Arctica) left his previous band Wisdom he had a vision to create a
band that musically spans over the spectrum between technical metal
and dark melodic sounds.
Long-time friends’ drummer Markus Niemispelto and bass player Jarno
Raitio soon joined the ranks, and when they convinced guitarist Jani
Stefanovic (Divinefire) that his heavy sound was just right for the
band they had the foundations for Mehida.
To give the band a contrast to Jani's heavy sounding outbursts they
needed a melodic and powerful vocalist, a guy, who could give the
sound an emotional edge. Thomas Vikström (Therion, ex-Candlemass)
was recruited, and his style fits the music very well.
'Blood & Water' is a energetic and bombastic piece of progressive
metal, with Jani's hard and heavy sounding guitars setting the pace,
nicely underlined by Mikko's fine keyboard structures. The guitars
are up-front and straight in your face and makes them sound
aggressive and dark, keys and vocals are nicely defined in the
sound, but the drums sounds just awful - the snare-drum is plain and
simple horrible on most of the songs. Strangely enough is the sound
very good on the best song on the album: "Lost Ones".
At times they sound like a aggressive version of other Finnish power
metal bands spiced up with some progressive parts. Their music is by
no means groundbreaking, and the competition within this niche of
metal is very strong, and even though the album does have its
good moments, the lasting impressions are that the material on this
album simply isn't strong enough to stand out among the many similar
A promising debut album from a talented band, one that sadly suffers
from a very mediocre drum production. Still worth checking out, but
don't expect to be blown away...
Recommended tracks: "A Letter from
Home", "Lost Ones" and "Grace".