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Review: Gobra - From Dawn To Storm
Gobra
www.saunalahti.fi/~gobra/
From Dawn To Storm

Label: Flimsy Haze Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 53:46
Tracks: 14
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
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From Dawn To Storm

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
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Probably one of the oldest Heavy Metal bands from Finland, Gobra, formed in 1983, returns after a 10 year absence with their latest album From Dawn to Storm. The album was released on the band's own label, Flimsy Haze Records, which takes its name from Gobra's original moniker.

Despite a long history in which they released four albums, three EPs and two singles, Gobra never made it big outside their native land. They defied the rules of the time by singing in English, as opposed to Finnish, which also did nothing to further their career. Finally, their music owes much to the NWOBHM and Hard Rock sounds, as much as anything else, and if it weren't for the accent of vocalist Tony, you might think Gobra is a British band.

From Dawn to Storm may not present the band in a new light, sounding much like previous albums like Third and True Tale, but it is very well done. Gobra have great harmonies and play amazing old school riffs. They sound sort of like early period Iron Maiden with a Hard Rock touch. Every track on From Dawn to Storm is something to look forward to. Gobra has written some wonderful songs and didn't try to follow any new trends, simply staying true to their roots.

The only thing lacking on From Dawn to Storm are the vocals. Singer/bassist Tony has a nice voice but there is no passion or fire in his performance. His style is definitely old school but he needs to spark it up by singing more from the gut. A stronger vocal performance could have really elevated this release to higher ground.

From start to finish, From Dawn to Storm is a melodic frenzy of early 80s Heavy Metal. Despite the coldness of the vocals, there is something worth looking in to on the album. Tracks like "Quick and Dirty," "Death Machine," "There Will Come a Time," "Indian Soul," "See the Sign," "Intruders" and "Rock the Boat" are good examples of great, vintage sounding music. Gobra should be recognized, not only in their local scene, but outside of Finland.

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