Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Progressive Power Metal
Release date: 28 March, 2014
Playing time: 47:25

Debut by Brazilian band Noturnall with ex members of several rather known bands like Angra, Almah, Tempesst, Karma an Shaman. The music is a combination of modern power metal and more progressive stuff. Singer Thiago Bianchi has a very powerful voice (most know from Shaman and Karma) and is the biggest trumph card. He is in excellent control of the higher as well as the lower vocal regions. At times he screams, then he really sings and all within their limits. That he just doesn't reach the level of guest singer Russel Allen on the track "Nocturnal Human Side" isn't a shame, because how many can?

Besides this guest appearance, Russell also produced the album. Besides the nice singing, the guitar soli are also impressive and the keyboard parts really add something to the songs. Between the heavy tracks there is a ballad in the name of "Last Wish". The most modern sounding track is "Zombies", with aggressive screaming and heavy grooving guitar riffs. At times the band has elements of Symphony X, but with more modern elements. A band like Outworld (with Rusty Cooley) entered also my mind a few times. An accoustic song with piano "The Blame Game" ends the album and underlines the variaty.

If you listen to it for the first time, it will not land immediately, it takes a few more spins to value it right.

01. No turn At All
Nocturnal Human Side
Master of Deception
St. Trigger
Sugar Pill
Last Wish
09. Fake Healers
10. The Blame Game
Label: Metalville
Distribution: Rough Trade
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 March, 2014
Website: www.noturnall.com