Arriving home from my first day on my new job, what do
I find waiting for me in my mailbox? A small package from England,
quickly I open it up, just to find a demo CD from a Brazilian band
hailing from the state of Paraná.
Confused - well I was... but what really matters is; what's on the CD?
Pure and honest classic heavy metal with strong roots in NWOBHM.
Beltane is a fine example of a young band struggling to find its
identity, proving all beginnings are difficult. But they come
across with confidence, even though I do find they lack some
writing skills, and the vocals could be better.
"The Wheels of Sabbaths" is a semi conceptual album dealing
with the 8 Sabbaths (songs 1 thru 8) - from Pagan religion, which
is also graphically represented on the album cover. The last 2
songs deal with different stuff. The album has been recorded old
school way, no samples, triggers or big effects - some find this
style cool - I would have preferred a clean sound. But I tip my
hat for their beliefs and convictions.
Beltane has been around in one way or another since 1996 and this is
their 2nd release, and this album shows a promising band with some
limitations, but don't let that scare you away because this is by
no means a bad album, just a moderate beginning! And do check out
their site for samples and more info.