Power of Metal.dk Review

The Fiction Maze
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 14 January, 2014
Playing time: 54:45

It's not easy to be a prophet in your home town and with metal band such as the high technical Meshuggah and the solid power metal legends Nocturnal Rites from Umeň, Sweden it hasn't been an easy way to be named the best metal band in town.

Persuader has been active since the end of the 90's and released their debut album 'The Hunter' in 2000. In 2004 came 'Evolution' and the third disc was on the market in 2006. Almost eight years have passed since last album and finally this great band has gotten their things together on this new album called 'The Fiction Maze'. The band describes the sound on this new album with: “A lot of hard work was put into creating the perfect mix of everything we've done so far, we've expanded on the Persuader sound while keeping true to the core that is the band; heavy riffing, strong melodies, pounding rhythms and soaring vocals.” I'm actually prepared to agree with these words to this stiff metal album.

Tons of heavy and thundering metal are pouring out of my speakers and Jens Carlsson is singing/screaming with a force and energy that shakes the foundations of my house. He hasn't the ultra high pitch vocals as many of the power metal singers is born with, no he has his own unique tone and an powerful and strong voice, which is harsh and sharp as a ninja sword.

The heaviness of the tracks is peddling between some melodic metal tracks like the brilliant 'One Lifetime', 'Heathen' and the pompous and Arabic? metal song 'Sons of Sodom' and the thrash metal tunes 'The Fiction Maze', 'InSect' and 'Falling Faster'. The wide and thrilling blend of metal on 'The Fiction Maze' is full covered and Persuader isn't easy to put in a specific metal folder. The heavy musical cannon is firing different kinds of metal missiles and the tracks explodes with various effects.

This album was originally meant to be released in 2011 and these extra years of work have really been worth the wait. 'Sent to the Grave' and 'War' are two quite progressive 'kick in the groin' metal tunes. Just as several metal hammers strikes extremely clearly and hard on the anvil.

One of my favourite songs is the 'half-symphonic' 'Deep in the Dark' with slower tempo and more of a classic power metal vein. 'The Fiction Maze' is an album, which really can withstand and the exposure of plenty of spins.

In the absence of new discs from Nocturnal Rites, I can say with a proud voice say that Persuader has stepped out of their shadow and deserves to be called Umeň's Heavy Metal Kings. Jens and co. have done a massive and very well thought out piece of in the MMM (Mixed Melodic Metal) department...

Jens Carlsson - Vocals
Fredrik Hedstr÷m - Bass
Emil Norberg - Guitars
Daniel Sundbom - Guitars
Efraim Juntunen – Drums

01. One Lifetime
The Fiction Maze
Deep in the Dark
Son of Sodom
Sent to the Grave
Dagon Rising
Worlds Collide
11. Falling Faster
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Distribution: Sound Pollution
Artwork rating: 83/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 10 January, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/Persuader