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A beautiful interlude, to set the mood for the oncoming assault. Not 20 seconds into the intro, the thrashing starts. It's riffage. Riffage to the max.
This, the fourth album by Helstar, does not sound musically like any of their earlier works - you can still tell it's Helstar, but they have taken a more speed metal approach, sounding qutie unlike anything else. This is definitely faster than A Distant Thunder, and while A Distant Thunder was a masterpiece, this is even better. The production is superb - everything is audible without having that polished sound. All of the band members are skilled at their respective instruments. The songs are all noteworthy, not a single filler track, the interludes works like a charm - nothing not to like.
And now since that's out of the way, let's talk awesome.
This is the album that will end your life. The riffs are coming at you nonstop, you cannot escape them. The competent drumming, the riffs (oh lord the riffs), solid bass... and then vocals. This is not James Rivera's best effort, none the less a job well done. Not once does this album let you down - from start to finish, this is the best thing you will ever hear.
Oh lord the guitars. Riffs upon riffs, solo upon solo. Upon solo. Tasteful solos without any unnecessary wank. Aeiliaria and Evernonn is especially awesome. The first minute clearly shows how skilled the guitarists are. It's so awesome I can not think of a single metaphor - human words do not suffice. Audible bass lines to go along with your cup of awesomeness, Aeiliaria and Evernonn is easily the best track. A tough call.
Bass lines that gets the job done - especially noticable is the bass solo 2 minutes and odd seconds into Perseverance and Desperation. Technical and well executed. The entire song has a strong Wuthering Heights (The danish power band, not the song by Kate Bush) feeling to it. Obviously this album predates Wuthering Heights, so perhaps it's the other way around. The bass is clearly audible throughout the album.
The drumming is competent. There is some showy drumming if you're listening for it, but for the majority of the time the drums are just supplying the beat. And now, my only complain with this album - the vocals. While being very far from even sub-awesome, the vocals are simply not all they could be. James Rivera is an excellent vocalist, so this is rather disappointing, although not a major flaw.
This album is easily recommended for fans of awesome music. I would gladly compare Nosferatu to another band, but this sounds too unique. Imagine speed/power on the powerier side of things, but with twice the awesome you could ever imagine. Standout tracks are: Aeiliaria and Everonn, Perseverance and Desperation, Harker's Tale and To Sleep, Perchance to Scream.