Hailing from Poland, Titanium was started by Pathfinder guitarist Karol Mania several years ago with the intention of creating a traditional heavy/power metal band. (Pathfinder was a symphonic/bombastic metal band like Rhapsody of Fire.) Joined by former bandmate and drummer Filip Gruca, from Polish metal band Abigail, the two put together a full band and recorded this self-titled debut.
Essentially, Titanium's aim is 'true metal'. The music within is melodic, heavy, and galloping power metal in the fine European tradition. And you get a lot of it too. This debut contains 15 tracks, over an hour long, with 12 lyric songs, one instrumental, a hidden bonus track, and a throw away preface track (featuring a spoken excerpt from Dr. Who) before Another Change.
That track is a perfect example of Titanium doing pure power metal, galloping along and finishing with big solos. Other examples are Here and Now and Nowhere to Run, neither of which stop from charging from the gate. Titanium takes a swing at a metal anthem with Forever Mine tossing in some vocals over acoustic guitar in parts along with the larger vocal arrangement and big guitars. Later they blend metal anthem with galloping power within the song, In The Night; it's also an example of where vocalist Maciej Wróblewski isn't all that clear, and the music basically trumps (or thumps) him.
The get their rock groove on as well on several songs, notably We Come to Rock at the start and a few songs later with The Only One, with a huge vocal arrangement and catchy refrain. The instrumental Riffs of Steel with lots of tasty guitar licks. While you get a lot of bang for your zloty, Titanium would been better off trimming a few of the songs, reserving them for their second effort. Otherwise, this debut is a solid start for the band, a good platter of conventional European melodic power metal.
Titanium's debut is a solid start for the band, a good, but perhaps too lengthy, platter of conventional European melodic heavy and power metal.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]