Slithering up next “Beyond The Grave” warmly greets you with a slow Sabbath bass line echoing a gut wrenching tale of 1692; that bleeds honesty and truth, served up in epic proportions that would make Dio proud \m/. The song has a witchy swagger with an eerie refrain that works well with the dark mid-eastern guitar mode. Superb!
The song-writing on this album is heavier and darker maybe more mature, with everybody involved committed and on point. “On Morrows Break” we’re introduced to a brooding number with a hypnotic melody that expands into an epic wall of sound that will resound in your skull again tomorrow ;} Chris Tsangarides’ mixing on this album is full on, breaking new ground, with powerful heavy metal intracity ~incorporating flair and passion.
Marching on to track four we look through the “Eyes Of The Machine” a high strung bombastic thrash opus with superb groove appeal. Michael’s schizophrenic guitar playing noodles insanely throughout, painting a picture of the fourth reich and the tyranny that will ensue.
“Quantum Genocide” comes swinging in next with wicked thick guitar punches and a raw progressive approach. Like all songs on Fated To Burn the time changes work perfectly and Kelly’s vocal talents are extraordinary. The music doesn’t tend to swerve aimlessly around on each track; but well-crafted and each song standing on its own.
My favorite track on this album is “Shadows Of Oth” a quick mid-tempo metal ditty, that is down and dirty, yet sweet and innocent at times. A definite head banger that has a Metal Church meets Iron Maiden zing to it with a dab of Trouble to boot! Razor fast and sharp tongued this one has monster riffs and very crafty lyrics. \m/
Writing great metal songs appears to be Darkologies’ approach with much success, as on the title track “Fated To Burn”. This one rolls off as a magnus-opus of sorts, with crushing power metal synth backing, yet raw and heavy. The mastering on this track is extremely coherent with interesting guitar passages that’ll burn into your cranium. A very strong European vibe on this one that will stir up many crowds worldwide.
Whoa what we have here… “21st Century Frankenstein” a fierce face meltdown with Brian’s blast beats opening the door on this freak show. Very impressive composition showcasing all band members prowess and combined song-writing talent, bring this monster to life. A powerhouse firing on all cylinders.
A cozy carnival of madness greets us next with “Festival Of Fear” a devilish treat which summons strong riff patterns that will entertain you on this roller coaster ride. Great harmonics weave with sonic guitar riffs and chilling keys, filling every crevice of your mind. This Jack-in-the-box metalrock shocker will put a grin on your chin with some jazz ;}
Segueing up next is “Holy” which has a power-metal tempo with Kelly’s vocals reigning strong in a metal-god-way that crashes through beautifully with the stark crisp brutality of the music.
Building from the slow intro into an ascending goliath, Darkology delivers a bull’s-eye with this one. A fist pumping horns high anthem, that’ll have ya air guitaring down the highway-pedal to the metal!
Rounding out this CD is the ”Nightmare King” which opens with a doom-ish laden analogy from the devil himself ;morphing into a speed metal/ see-saw savage/ guitar attack cascading back-and-forth. To truly enjoy this music I recommend vinyl and king-size speakers.
But wait there’s more..\m/
An instrumental bonus track entitled “Your Hollow Soul” which may be an oxymoron because it’s rife full of Joe Satriani sleaze and style and.. soul. A fun number with a bright heavy metal crunch, manic tempo changes and a Godzilla rhythm.
I’m really impressed with this albums’ complexities that come together as a group effort representing what Darkology has to offer, culling years of metal music experience into one magnificent CD.
I would recommend this a solid 4 outta 5 horns high, and a must have for your metal library!