|Review: Tad Morose - Undead|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2000
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: September 1, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
The name of this band had actually kept me from getting any of their albums until now. I know, I know. I should know better, but it just didn't sound like my kind of band. Well here is my mea culpa, because this is one of the best bands I have heard in years. I am unilaterally and completely impressed.
Tad Morose play power metal, but not what you're thinking. There is no trace of the usual Italian-style crapola here. This is the real stuff: chugging, smokin' riffs, time changes and all-around impressive songwriting, plus the soaring voice and melodies of frontman/lyricist Urban Breed. If comparisons must be drawn, I would say Tad Morose sound a good bit like Solitude Aeternus – only better and more uptempo. But truthfully I have never heard any other band that sounds quite like them. The songs here are both heavy and catchy, memorable after one listen. After just one spin I could look at the tracklist and have parts of the songs flash instantly into my head, and that does not happen to me often. This CD just gets cooler with every trip through, and even though I liked the album on first listen, after just a few days I keep liking it more with every listen. Highly addictive stuff.
The packaging is nice, with cool cover art by the multitalented Urban Breed. The lyrics are really a highlight here, as they are extremely cool. Dark, poetic and often just strange. I have never read lyrics quite like them, except maybe for the stuff John Arch used to write back in the day. (And from me, that is high praise)
This is one of those bands whose sound is very very hard to accurately describe. They're just good, and their groovy riffs and haunting vocal melodies keep me coming back for more. I cannot believe a band this good got a CM contract, and I also cannot believe it took me this long to find them. Ignore the odd name, ignore any misgivings you might have. If you like power metal at all, buy this album.
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