BLIZZEN – Genesis Reversed
Traditional heavy metal never went away in Germany – it keeps reveling in the greats of the past through reunions, festival performances, and recordings while newer bands keep pumping out their own brand of tunes that they hope will be come this generation’s future soundtrack to turn to. Fresh off last year’s "Time Machine" debut EP, "Genesis Reversed" is the full-length follow up, as the band crank out another 11 track record that comes road ready.
Bassist / vocalist Daniel Stecki has one of those higher register deliveries, not necessarily the strongest out of the younger generation but gets the job done in conveying those rally cries and call to arms within songs like "Masters of Lightning" and "Devil in Disguise". The onus of appeal lies the Maiden/Accept like twin guitar action of Marvin Kiefer and Andi Heindl – occasionally bringing to mind the cultural domestic greatness of Running Wild as well on "Trumpets of the Gods". Cowbell appears on the bluesy, semi-galloping title cut, while double bass and stop/start riff action punctuates the 6:09 "Bestride the Thunder", where stair step guitar parts and heads down power makes this a classic 80’s-oriented number.
The warrior on Blizzen’s cover should clue you in to what listeners should expect. Musically on point and exuding a lot of classic through slower melody moments in terms of note choices and lead breaks, the band could be that much stronger with Daniel possibly working on more of his mid-range and strengthening those higher reaches (Skull Fist comparisons abound). Another act in the NWOTHM scene that probably will gain most appeal with fans of Enforcer and Skull Fist, "Genesis Reversed" contains enough shout-a-long choruses and good times to succeed.