ne of the pioneers of Power metal, Gamma Ray, led for over 2 decades by guitar mastermind Kai Hansen (also known from fellow countrymen and co-pioneers Helloween), releasing genre-defining classics such as “Heading For Tomorrow” (1990) and “Land Of The Free” (1995), are being reviewed this time.
[colored_box color=”grey”]Rating: 6.5
Label: Hydro-Phonic Records
Author: Kostas Tsotsanis[/colored_box]
As a result, we have “Adversarial“, their third album so far. Black Pyramid’s aesthetic is recognizable to the record’s cover and it counts just five songs, and about 38 minutes of stoner and doom music. First things first, the music is a little short in duration, catching me thinking that I needed more and that something was missing. I’ve been curious about the guitars and the vocals too. However, I think that Darryl Shepard did a wonderful work. His voice is harsh and deep, fitting exactly with the heavy stoner riffs Black Pyramid usually rock out.
The record starts with “Swing The Scimitar“, a long duration song (about twelve minutes long), and Black Pyramid greets us with some of their stickiest riffs. Explosive and trippy are some of the adjectives that could describe the sounds of “Adversarial“. Now, some shortcomings of the album; more vocals seem to fit in songs like “Aphelion” so as in the instrumental song ‘Issus’. The second of the above-named, breaks the flow of the songs and could be a different one, a better one. However, the record closes with “Onyx and Obsidian“, a song which causes strong headaches because of the headbanging following it! There are some of the best vocals Darryl Shepard has sang in his short shift as a member of Black Pyramid.
The production leaded to the right result, an underground-like record. Nothing special but a satisfactory one. By the end of the “Adversarial”, the fact that the band could slow-down the recordings and takes their time is clear enough to be comprehended. They could have a pippin album, but specific particulars reduced the awesomeness and quality of the record. But, I’m not disappointed, the melodies and riffs of “Swing The Scimitar”, “Bleed Out” and “Onyx and Obsidian” are striking! I’m pretty sure their next release will be much better, as the band will progress and improve, leaving in the past the recent line-up change.
Overall, a fine record and a great chance for the band to hit the road and perform new and old hits.
|Track List||Line Up||01. Swing The Scimitar
02. Bleed Out
05. Onyx and Obsidian
|Darryl Shepard – Guitars, Vocals
Gein – Bass
Clay Neely – Drums