Pastore is the namesake of the band formed by Brazilian vocalist Mario Pastore and guitarist Raphael Gazal. The End of Our Flames is their sophomore effort of classic heavy metal.
Perhaps its better to call Pastore's style more heavier metal with power metal nuances, yet not devoid of melody. Between his raw and strong, but clean, vocals and the assertive, even forceful, arrangements, The End of Our Flames is powerful material. It reminds of Cage without the excessive screaming or a heavier Primal Fear without the glossy melody and hooks.
Sometimes Pastore can add a little snarl or growl to his voice and then, with the grittier nature of the arrangement, as on Envy or Brutal Storm, the band can sound like modern metal. Generally, however, this is classic heavy metal, just heavier and edgier, as mentioned before. It's not absent, but the songs are best when the melody transcends the forceful formula as on Night and Day, Empty World, Brings to Me Peace, or The World is Falling. Across the entire album, Raphael Gazal traditional metal guitar solos lifts and lights up every song, a real bonus.
Pastore's The End of Our Flames, even with the aggressive tone sometimes beating up the underlying melody, is solid and intense heavy metal.Tweet