Below Zero
Style: Thrash/Heavy Metal
Release date: October 7th 2009

I'm about to do something that you're not very likely to have seen before and probably won't see too often again.
In a few seconds I'll put the name 'Waltari' in the same sentence as the word 'conventional'.
No, you think I'm taking the piss now, but I'm not.

This is, I think, the most conventional album the Finnish weirdos have released so far. When I say conventional, I mean accessible, I mean that there is nothing on this album that makes you go: 'Hmm, is this brilliant or just really annoying?' as you usually do when you listen to a new Waltari album.

I'm not saying that there isn't a lot going on. There is - this is still Waltari! You still have Kärtsy rap, ad lip keyboard oddities scattered across the board, horns and the odd time changes.

But the red thread through the whole thing is a bunch a solid thrash metal riffs and standard rhythm parts as heard in heavy metal, metalcore, power metal, prog, death metal, pop and thrash...yes, it's varied, but still accessible.

In my view, this is the best Waltari album in years. Good one!


01. Below Zero
02. I Hear Voices
03. In the Cradle
04. Without Lies
05. Dubbed World
06. Endless Highway
07. Syntax Error
08. My Own Satisfaction
09. 10 Reasons Why Not to Hate Me
10. Travel On

Label: Stay Heavy Records
Distribution: Stay Heavy Records
Artwork rating: 40/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: May 27th 2010
Website: www.waltarimusic.com