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   PLATITUDE
Secrets Of Life
2003
Scarlet Records
http://www.platitude.net


rating: 3/5

1. Deception
2. Just One Try
3. Dance Thru The Fire
4. Memories
5. Anima
6. Last Sunset
7. Raining Tears
8. Secrets of Life
9. Illusions
10. Evil Sky
Platitude are a very young band from Sweden and "Secrets of Life" is their debut album. What makes Platitude exceptional is that they have seven members and two keyboard players in their roster. So now it's easy to guess that the music, melodic hardrockish power metal with some neoclassical hints here and there, is rather keyboard driven.

The album opener "Deception" is definitely one of the best tunes on the album. It has the finest chorus I've heard in a while. "Just One Try" is also a damn fine display of Platitude's skills. Double bass drums, synth layers, shredding guitars and a chorus that has extremely difficult time finding it's way out of your head. On "Dance Thru The Fire" we see the band delving into the miraculous world of neoclassical metal. "Memories" is a typical ballad with atmospheric synths and emotional melodies. "Anima" continues in the spirit of neoclassical metal where the shredding is in the leading role. "Last Sunset" is a little trivial until the emotional solo kicks in, but other than that the song is from the same book as the thousands of others song sin the genre. At first "Raining Tears" felt a little out of place on the album. It features Platitude at their heaviest. Crunchy riffs combined with killer melody and, yes, the obvious shredding. The title track, as predictable as it is, is definitely on the better half of the album. On "Illusions" it seems like the band was running out of ideas. It is melodic, but one really starts to think that this song has already been heard on this album. "Evil Sky" begins with an eerie keyboard intro, but sadly soon turns into a standard power metal tune.

The album is very easy to get into. One should know the second you hear this whether you like it or not. The melodies are catchy and memorable and the singer Erik "EZ" Blomqvist is a nice surprise. I expected him to be just another stereotypical high pitched whiner, but instead his voice is more akin to the 80's hardrock singers. Bands similar to Platitude seem to be emerging behind every corner, but sadly very few of them are as good as Platitude. Fans of bands like Sonata Arctica and Majestic might find Platitude very interesting.

submitted by Aleksi 28.07.2003

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