SNOWBLIND – One Epic Metal Requiem
Melodic heavy metal with occasional epic and power tendencies from Greece’s Snowblind – "One Epic Metal Requiem" is their fifth studio album since 1999, a 13 track / hour long journey into a quartet that prefer mid-tempo arrangements, a decent amount of guitar trilling that often matches up to the low vocal harmony action. The problem is, when the main riffs and tempos appear lifeless, and the lead singer gurgles his way through the verses and choruses, it’s tough to recommend a large investment in "A Light in the Darkness", "Soldier Without a War", or "We Never Hide".
Imagine Sentenced and Manowar fighting their way out of a boom box production and vocals that seem like a drunk fooled around with computer effects to enhance what’s on display. The mini-gallop from the rhythm section that segues into twin guitar lines for "Fire of the Sun" was the best 1:03 of the record – before guitarist Mike Galiatsos’ opens his mouth and the low whine takes over to shut down any hopes of total enjoyment. Snowblind may know how to play, but the performances aren’t cutting it.