Monday, October 7, 2013
ELECTRO NOMICON: "Unleashing The Shadows"
Label: NoRemorse 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Eyes, mouth, nose, and Electro Nomicon. Huh. What's that? Things that are in your face!! They are loud, obnoxious, hard rocking, and 'Unleashing The Shadows' - very much the intense classic metal experience throughout its ten tracks. Recording all these numbers certainly the band delivered the goods as the songs are raw and have loads of attitude in the style of anything ever so slightly related to the hard rock God of Ronnie James Dio (RIP).
Indeed, the group consisting of band members from USA and Argentina are basically paying tribute to the RJD albums with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and obviously DIO on their debut album. Pretty much like any JORN album in other words and if you can't get enough of the Norwegian, look no further as this platter will do just fine until his next album. Singer Diego Valdez (Helker, Triddana) works in a similar pitch and overall style as the Norwegian and that fellow from Astral Doors (which name escapes me at the moment- do a google if needed). Perhaps not quite as impressive but close enough.
Guitarist Juan José Fornés works the fretboard like a maniac, however, the instrumental "Dark Flight" is a nice breather from the aggressive power hard rock. Not to mention that their drummer (Owen Bryant) slam and kick behind the kit with the energy of a very particular bunny. Play it loud and perhaps the little Elf will once again appear? That theory might explain their obsession, but I can't imagine DIO flying all across the cosmos to check them out? It might however attract JORN to appear at their next concert though?
Final verdict: Essential (?) to the raving mad fan of Masterplan and Jorn. The rest of us might think it's a nice album with smashing guitarwork... but lacking a bit in the songwriting department.