is a four piece from Norway with something as
seldom as a female bass player - ohh yeah she is also the vocalist,
which is more common, Marcus Silver (Lead & rhythm guitars), Örjan
Aare Jörgensen (Drums) and T.O. Byberg (Rhythm guitars) complete the
Prior to this album they
have released a self financed demo CD back in 2005; only one song
from that demo has made in onto this their debut album. The title
track divided into four parts makes up for more than half the album;
Part I is serving as an intro for "Onwards Part II (Decadent One)",
which sets the pace for the remaining 47 minutes.
playing fast and powerful traditional heavy metal with small
journeys into progressive metal territory, their music often makes
one think of Dio in his hay-days in the mid-80s.
All songs played with a lot
of conviction, by four technical skilful musicians, the drumming on
this album really stands out. I do however wish they would slow down
a bit every now and then, because all of the songs are full throttle
ahead for almost the entire song, with the exception of Part IV of
the title track, which is a totally different ballgame.
This album is packed with
powerful riffs, Ida Haukland has a very powerful voice that fits the
music very well, and when the band finally slows down at the very
end we are served with a wonderful classical inspired piano piece to
rounds the album off...
This is a very good
beginning for this Norwegian band, and 'Onwards' is a very good
cornerstone for their career, and an album absolutely worth checking