Power of Metal.dk Review

Edge of Thorns
Style: German Heavy Metal
Release date: 4 April, 2014
Playing time: 56:22

This band was founded by Dirk Schmitt in 1996 and can be labeled as a real German (power) metal band. The first thing that caught my attention was the vocals of Dirk. He has a graspy harsh voice, which sounds like a younger version of Udo Dirkschneider or Martin Walkier. In the song "Insomnia" he even sounds a bit like a very harsh and aggressive singing Oliva. Together with the kind of teutonic music and the double bass drums you get that German metal feeling.

They never paint outside the lines and that makes this album an average album with nothing to bitch about. The guitar riffs are rather in front of the mix and with Ralf Scheepers as guest on the track "Metal Unity" the album is a pleasure listening to. That the vocalist has his limits can be heard on the (power)-ballad "The Watchmaker", not everyone is born to sing clean.... Fans of Accept, Primal Fear, Rage and everything that sounds like a mix of those bands should look out for this album.

01. In Your Dreams
Dark Side of Your Life
Yearning Has Begun
Metal Unity
The Watchmaker
A Caress of Souls
Walking Like a Ghost
09. Death Dealer
10. ... of Hearts That Burn
11. The 7 Sins of Arthur McGregor
12. ... Is This the Way it Ends
Label: Killer Metal Records
Distribution: Pure Steel Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 2 April, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/EdgeOfThorns