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Finist - Nightmares

Very, very inconsistent - 55%

MaDTransilvanian, November 8th, 2009

I’m assuming that, like me, most people have been drawn to Finist because of the band’s association with Ukrainian black metal legends Nokturnal Mortum (more than half of Finist’s members also play in NM). The ideology behind both bands is thus the same, namely White pride/Pan-Aryanism, which is rather unremarkable for a melodic black metal band from Ukraine but quite a unique feature for any power metal band. So how do people talented in black metal cope with power metal? Unfortunately, not quite as well as most of the good power metal bands out there; Finist’s music is a strange mix of black metal and power metal which alternates throughout the songs, resulting a little too often in music which goes nowhere and is way too cheesy.

Such is the case on much of Nightmares, an EP consisting of one original song (the title track), a Nokturnal Mortum cover (more like a re-recording, since it is their band after all), re-recordings of two older Finist songs and a few covers. The title track is the perfect example of the “classic” Finist song: a kind of power metal where the instruments are all very well played, save perhaps the gratingly cheesy keyboards, yet where the vocals are, simply put, utterly awful. It’s obvious that these guys can play their instruments well, a testament to their time with Nokturnal Mortum, but they have no idea how to make convincing power metal, at least the vocal part of it.

After the title track is a remake of Nokturnal Mortum’s On The Wings Of Scarlet Sunset, a song off the incredible Twilightfall demo/debut album. Now this is more like it. This is one of those covers which nearly reach the original in terms of quality, although a small amount of cheesy clean vocals got through even here. However, they actually enhance the atmosphere of this masterpiece of a track. The original is still better, but the remake certainly stands apart from its surroundings.

The older Finist re-recordings are well-done, and manage to actually be epic and inspirational. The problem of the clean vocals persists, although here the cheesiness suits the music quite well, making for a pleasantly done chorus. The verses are basically black metal, with some very well-done harsh rasps replacing the clean vocals of elsewhere. Both songs share the same general structure described above, although the chorus in Battlefields isn’t quite up to the level of the one in Victory.

After this quartet of relatively good songs (except perhaps the title track) everything goes sharply downhill. We’ve reached the covers. First off is Raise Your Fist, a Running Wild cover, and it’s a complete disaster. If you’ve heard the original, imagine essentially the same thing, but with the most utterly homosexual, off-key vocals possible. The cheesiness which borderline worked in the beginning is now impossible to cope with. Luckily, the cover of Honor’s Steel of Vengeance is a much better effort, and the Polish chorus fits pretty well here. Lyrically this is also a good choice in terms of coherence, seeing as how Honor is one of the more committed NS bands out there. Finally we have a cover of Manowar’s The Crown and The Ring, and I have no choice but to agree with the previous reviewer’s description of it as a trainwreck. This isn’t to say that the original is bad; in fact, I like it a lot. But Finist raped it beyond description: this is a song which relies 90% on vocals. The retard who tried to do vocals here (Saturious fucking sounds drunk) can’t hold a candle to Eric Adams, and all this results in a painful transition from epic masterpiece to a catastrophe which boggles the mind. I can’t fathom how anyone could record and sell this, short of some type of bad joke.

So, inconsistency is this EP’s main characteristic. Out of seven songs, only four can be considered good, and even those contain variable amounts of awful vocals, although not nearly as much as the others. Finist is a very odd band: power metal done by people who are obviously much better at doing black metal, and thus the harsher moments in Finist are by nature the best. I suppose that getting this is worth it, if only for those four good tracks, and if it’s not too expensive or out of the way.