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Review: Adastra - Corroder of Minds
Corroder of Minds

Label: Violent Journey Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 42:45
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 28, 2012
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Corroder of Minds

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

The third album from Finland's Heavy Metal heroes Adastra, Corroder of Minds, keeps their high quality, uncompromising style of vintage Heavy Metal intact. They pretty much owe their sound to Iron Maiden, as they have similar catchy dual-guitar harmonies and melodies. I have nothing against that, as we all love Maiden more than anything (right?)

What is great to hear is how the band's sound matured and got stronger over the course of their three albums. They aren't afraid of making songs that are more diverse, either. Corroder of Minds takes some of the best bits from the debut, The Last Sunset, and its follow-up, Death and Domination, uses them to full advantage and shows what this Finnish group is capable of creating.

From the sinfully catchy title track to the chilling ballad, "No Last Words," to the epic "Vortex," Adastra show their colors like never before and Corroder of Minds represent the band's most complete album thus far. I cannot help but admire vocalist Ville Siikamäki's wide-ranging use of his voice. There are familiar nuances of Bruce Dickinson, Vince Neil and Martin Walkyier in his soaring, slightly nasal singing. Ultimately, he proves to be one hell of a vocalist and perfect for the kind of old-school Heavy Metal sound that Adastra live and breathe. In short, Corroder of Minds is definitely worth checking out if vintage, diverse and Maiden/Priest-flavored Heavy Metal is something that sets you on fire.

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