|Review: Ashrain - Requiem Reloaded|
Label: Metalville Records
Year released: 2023
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: April 11, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (10 Votes)
This one has some interesting history behind it. This is a project formed by Japanese guitar shredder Nozomu Wakai, who has been gigging around with his band Destinia for the past decade or so, and who recently joined Sigh, of all things. That said, this is not anything harsh, but rather glossy, polished Heavy Metal with that definite Loudness-styled kick of hard rock accessibility. Wakai’s playing is obviously a highlight, and another one is the powerhouse wailing of Iuri Sanson (Hibria, Eternity’s End.) It all makes for a megavolt sound that the songwriting doesn’t waste.
This is polished, propulsive, and will give your air-guitar hand a workout. The songwriting is sharp, accessible, and catchy. The production is big and clear, giving this a sound like a punch in the head. Sanson sounds good, even if he’s not pushing it like he used to. Really what you get is that synergy of good musicians each playing off each other and adding to the whole to make more than the sum of the parts. This album kind of came out of nowhere, but it rocks.
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