15 years were
necessary for the German power/speed virtuosos to judge the modern times
with their new album. It was worth the wait! In front of us we have a piece
of pure energy that melts the old school of SCANNER with the perfect sound
of a contemporary recording.
guitar player Axel Julius is the reason
for the recognizable melodies of the German band! The trademark sound of
SCANNER is recognizable; we are do not speaking of auto-quotes. The new songs are
exceptionally fresh. At the same time the band provides what we expected -
a return to the essence of SCANNER. The fast riffs and the epic moments are
melted in classical and contemporary heavy metal.
Starting its new
tour the band performs material from its first four albums, and ignores the
release with female vocals. Yes, Efthimios interprets
all the periods of the band exceptionally
but his timbre is
closest to Haridon Lee – the vocalist from the second and the
third album of the SCANNER. On the new album besides these similarities
there is also a wealth of vocals that have the theatrical ability for
transformation. Without mentioning the rest of the names from the contemporary
line-up we should say that they went into the matter brilliantly!
depth of the style of SCANNER is such that their heavy metal in its wealth
takes from the means of expression of speed and progressive sworn brothers.
The long wait has filled every second of “The Judgment” with high quality.
All songs do not give way to the single of the release. The whole album
could be listened to with pleasure. The traditional fantastic themes of the
lyrics sound a bit close to the earth. The German band interprets a bit
more the current problems of the present day with their own means of
This is a perfect release for the hard fans as well as for the setting a new
criteria for qualitative heavy metal.