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   BRAINSTORM
Ambiguity
2000
Metal Blade
http://truemetal.org/brainstorm


rating: 5/5

1. Crush Depth
2. Tear Down The Walls
3. Beyond My Destiny
4. Arena
5. Coming Closer
6. Darkest Silence
7. Maharaja Palace
8. Far Away
9. Demonsion
10. Revenant (Bonus)
11. Lost Unseen
12. Perception Of Life

Things have been silent for a while because of the singer search, but beware... they're back with a vengeance!

I was very pleased when I heard that the new man on board is Symphorce-frontman Andy B. Franck. I knew he would be perfect for the job, but I never fully realized what an asset Andy would be to this band! His voice is in the same vein of Marcus', but his vocal lines are much more diverse! And so is the music... it's still that perfect combination of melody and the typical aggressive Brainstorm crunch, but more epic and so much more refined (as well as the songwriting). At times it reminds me of Angel Dust's jewel "Bleed".

"Crush Depth" starts with a crushing intro and has those US metal influences that make Brainstorm so different from most German power metal bands. The thrashier songs, e.g. "Tear Down The Walls" and "Coming Closer" (killer drums!), but also mid-tempo songs like "Arena", are even more powerful with Andy's somewhat darker and sometimes aggressive vocals; in "Beyond the Destiny", a beautiful epic song in the vein of "Bleed", the vocals are very melodic. "Darkest Silence/Maharaja Palace" is an extremely heavy song with an oriental touch. The beautiful ballad "Far Away" is followed by the crunchy Brainstorm riffs of "Demonsion" and "Lost Unseen" has some very progressive parts that even remind me of my old faves Deathrow! "Ambiguity" closes with a ripping "Perception Of Life", unfortunately (for me personally) with a way too 'happy' refrain.

My favorites are "Maharaja Palace" (h e a v y !!) and "Crush Depth" (KILLER intro!!!) and in general, as always, that typical Todde & Mille guitarstyle I love so much:)

submitted by Marlies 01.01.2003

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