The Samans - Whalesong (2012) (7/10)
Genre: Folk Metal / Melodic Death Metal
Playing time: 16:04
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- With Tempest And Storm On Distant Seas
- Moby Dick
- Blood Red, Ocean Blue
The third output about creatures and legends of the seven seas by the Chinese Folk Metal band THE SHAMANS is disappointing and promising at the same time.
Let me explain this paradox. First of all, this new release only includes sixteen minutes of music which is definitely too short. Three out of five and more than half of the running time if this release is purely instrumental. These instrumental tracks aren’t bad but they would have been greater with actual vocals and little bit more development.
Concerning the two songs with vocals, they are very promising for a possibly upcoming full length release. Both tracks have a great sound and mix enchanting folk melodies with gripping riffs. Harsh Death Metal vocals meet a few clean vocals as well. The melodies are emotional and the choruses are catchier than ever before. This style reminds a lot of the better tracks by the Swiss Folk Metal band ELUVEITIE. In my opinion, both bands even sound a little bit too similar and it’s quite evident who the original and who the copy is. In the title track, I also hear a slight LINKIN PARK influence in the clean chorus but maybe that’s just me. Anyway, this marks another change of style in the band history. Let’s hope that the band has finally found its own direction by now. The two regular songs are not that original but they are joyful and performed with conviction and passion.
Let’s wait and see what a regular full length or extended EP might bring. The tracks “Whalesong” and “Moby Dick” are ELUVEITIE clones but definitely both among the five best songs THE SHAMANS have ever written until now. A track like “Whalesong” has everything to gain an international breakthrough. I’ve you’re intrigued by my review you shouldn’t hesitate to check this out.
THE SAMANS would in my opinion be a great opening band for acts like ALESTORM, ELUVEITIE or TURISAS and should soon be known to a larger public around the world. And I would have been one of the first to have discovered this promising band...
(Online April 17, 2013)
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