Sunday, September 9, 2012

KEMILON: "Twisted Storm"

Rating: RRR
Label: Maple Metal Records 2012
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Canadian melodic metal band Kemilon play very European-styled kind of metal, with fast tempos and plenty of keyboards. Unlike most of their genremates on this side of the pond, they don't have a high-pitched vocalist though. Nope, Yan Gagné has a good voice that reminds me of Gary Hughes, although it must be said that at times his nonchalant style doesn't carry a lot of emotion. Anyway, he's got a lot of potential and hopefully he fullfils it on the next albums.

The most prominent member of the band is keyboard player Arnaud Spick-Saucier. His keyboards dominate the overall sound but I'm not complaining, he has a good knack for choosing interesting sounds which add a special flavour to the songs.

It's hard to pick out any favourites, because most of the songs on "Twisted Storm" are enjoyable slabs of melodic metal. There lies the problem of the album - although the songs sound good, none of the songs have the kind of hooks that will really catch you by surprise. Frankly, that's not enough these days. Let's hope that on the next album the band does have a few real "metal hits", I won't deny that they've got potential.



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