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Total Insanity - 85%

kimiwind, March 13th, 2011
Written based on this version: 2009, CD, Black-listed Productions

A brand new release and first full album since the creation of this power metal band from Tokyo, Japan. Guiltys Law according to their official website have officially started in the early 90’s, however, their first album appeared until 2009. It means fifteen years after their formation. Although It can be justified since the band saw instability and tremulous periods during the 90’s, consequently these factors strongly deprived them from making any release back then. During the early 00’s, the band released few demo releases, paving the road to an ultimate long waited full length, titled Total Insanity. This album consists of eleven tracks, seven of them were newly recorded. The quality of production is pretty good. The sound of the music is clear to the ear, there is no complaint here.

Instrumentally speaking, the band members were able to create a fast power metal with enchanting vocals, unique combination of fast guitar riffs and high pitched tones. The vocalist looks so confident and motivated to sing. He suffers though in the aspect of handling a good English pronunciation. Japanese people in general have weak pronunciation, and it can be noted pretty clearly on the vocalist. He enunciate words as if they were Japanese, what makes it hard for the listener to understand what he is singing. However, his performance compensates for this language barrier. His voice tone falls into this fantasy epic vocals spectrum. In some songs, you can hear some operatic tones with some back supporting vocals intended to create this opera feeling. Good examples are illustrated in the tracks Crusader, Judgment day and Silent Scream.

The guitars are relatively fast and work very well with the bass. There is a good harmony between these two. There are some interesting riffs to hear in this album with reinforced guitars shredding, showcased in the track Rebirth. This one also features a good bass support. In every track, you will hear an interesting riff or solo that will draw your attention, hence this is the greatness of this release. The drums contribute with strong but not very outstanding performance. They are usually mid-paced to fast-paced. The touch of keyboard in this release remains somehow minor, it doesn’t fill in a lot of space in the song writing. Fans of symphonic power metal and heavy keyboard driven songs will probably not appreciate much this work.

In conclusion, the first full length of Guiltys Law is completely interesting. The song writing and the performance of the band members is respectable. I can say that these guys need to work more together to produce jewel quality albums because they have great potential. I’m looking forward to more solid material in the near future. If you ever get a chance to obtain a copy of this album just do it, I think it’s affordable in proportion to the quality of music you will obtain.

Written for Encyclopaedia Metallum 12-03-2011
© Kimiwind