Power of Metal.dk Review

No Return
Fearless Walk To Rise
Style: Thrash/death metal
Release date: 30 March, 2015
Playing time: 47:00

If I'm not mistaken, this is the 9th full length the band releases. In 2014 this French band celebrated their 25-year career perfoming throughout France and is now ready to invade Europe with a new album in their pocket. With Jacob Hansen behind the buttons the band took no risks and indeed the production is top notch.

The music on the album is thrash metal with some Swedish melodic death (think In Flames) influences. That the band can not be called a death metal band is because the vocals of Mick are not extreme enough, more harsh aggressive singing parts than grunting and growling ones. The tracks are packed full with interesting melodies and all have a fast tempo, and that is perhaps the problem that the entire album can't keep me focused from start to finish. In my opinion the songs should have varied more in tempo. But I must not carp at everything, or as we say in the Netherlands (must not put salt on every snail).

The musicianship of the members is outstanding and then especially the melodic guitar solos and harmonies. It are this melodic guitar pieces that remind me of Testament a lot. With 'Fearless Walk To Rise' the band created a modern thrash/melodic death album for fans of Testament. Soilwork and In Flames lovers.

The only thing keeping them from a higher rating is the in my eyes lack of variety in tempo. Even after listening several times, I can't tell which song is which. However, that doesn't change the fact that this is a nice cd.

01. Ascent
Stronger Than Ever
Submission Falls
Sounds of Yesterday
05. Paint Your World
6. Face My Dark
Sworn To Be
Bloodbath Legacy
09. Fearless
10. Hold My Crown

Label: Mighty Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 28 March, 2015
Website: www.facebook.com/no.return.thrash