Power of Metal.dk Review

The Distance
Style: Modern Metal
Release date: 26 April, 2013
Playing time: 51:00

Gloomball is a band from Mannheim, Germany and surprises me with a nice debut. The band can not be put in a certain corner, their music consists of many different styles and influences. Lots of times that doesn't turn out in good songs, but Gloomball manages to do so.

The first track is a modern track with some industrial kind of Rob Zombie influences. Most of the songs are rather heavy, but also very melodic. The softer songs like "Bitter Place" and "The Distance" have a 80's melodic hard rock (AOR) vibe with nice keys. "No Easy Way Out" is a cover song written by Robert M. Tepper for the Rocky IV movie and I think they succeeded in making it a good version. The heavy song "Blown Away and Gone" starts with a typical Iron Maiden kind of guitar intro and has a kind of Fear Factory singing line and the music has a kind of Clawfinger groove. Other band influences that can be heard in several songs are Puddle of Mud, 3 Doors Down, Alter Bridge, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Biohazard and more. The combination of melody and heavy riffs is what I like most. Sure, you can say that a lot of music isn't new, but the combination of all these styles convinces me.

If you like heavy riffing, some modern influences, lots of melody with a 80's kind of hard rock sauce on top, I think you should really check this album out.

01. Overcome
02. Burning Gasoline
03. The Distance
04. Blown Away and Gone
05. More and More
06. No Easy Way Out
07. Bitter Place
08. Long Time Gone
09. We Do Belong
10. Your Sorrow Inside
11. Hand In Blood
12. Living With My Tender Pain
Label: Steamhammer/SPV
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 26 April, 2013
Website: www.gloomball.com