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   REQUIEM
The Arrival
2002
Low Frequency Records
http://www.requiem.kpnet.com


rating: 4/5

1. Arrival
2. Revival
3. Broken Alliance
4. Whispers
5. The Invisible Touch
6. Forgotten Path
7. Halls Of Eternity
8. Liquid Hours
9. Masquerade
Requiem are yet another addition to the list of new power metal bands emerging from Finland. Don't worry though, they are not just another poor man's Stratovarius. Instead their music has symphonic, neoclassical and even some progressive elements although the typical euro power influences are also present. The band has a few members from the Finnish prog metal band Silent Voices in their ranks which can be heard in their music, especially by Henrik Klingenberg's keyboards.

Influences from such names as Symphony X, Helloween and early Yngwie are bound to come to mind when listening to this. The music is fast and symphonic and the galloping pace is quite an obvious standard in this kind of style but the pace is more than once broken with some mellow and beautiful guitar parts, in which the guitar duet Arto Räisälä and Teemu Hänninen get to show their creativity. The keyboards vary from having a very dominant role to vanishing into the background. Either way, they are used with good taste and manage to create some heavenly emotions and images. Also the co-operation of these instruments is admirably stunning at times. The songs do have some nicely surprising twists and turns so the final result isn't all that predictable but it also manages to stay on a safe distance from sounding too scattered. Jouni Nikula's voice ranges from growling death-like vocals to quite typical power-kind of style and to somewhat operatic style, the latter two being used the most.

The production is unfortunately quite mediocre although all the instruments are "available" to the listener. From the cover art to the lyrics this is pure fantasy metal but the fantasy theme isn't present in the music itself, at least not that strongly. There are some moments where the term "progressive" would be appropriate, but they are quite few, although technicality is present throughout the album. In general this is an album that takes quite a few listens to completely get into as the music isn't presented in the "let's lean to the singalong chorus" but instead has lots of other hooks in addition to the catchy main melodies.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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