Making their debut on Germany's Massacre Records is Edgedown, from southern Bavaria, with their first album Statues Fall. The album and their sound is a good mix of traditional heavy and power metal, with an infusion of melody, of course.
The band suggests in their biography that they also have an ear towards modern metal, but you won't hear anything harsh or hardcore, and certainly no death or dirty vocals. If anything vocalist Andreas Meixner has the timbre of Ronnie James Dio at times, maybe a touch of Dickinson. It's enough to give a song like Shot in the Dark or Live Together or Die Alone a little feel of DIO in their tone.
But mostly the songs within Statues Fall are heavy and galloping power metal. Between the riffage and solid thundering rhythm section, the metal is dense and blistering. But the melodic chord structures and vocal arrangements also propel the songs with equal strength. It's a good combination, and they way heavy metal should be done. Add some masterful and traditional metal solos from Michael Zebhauser and you have the real 'true' metal deal. With these characteristics, stand out tracks include Fate, Rising, Statues Fall, and the aforementioned Live Together or Die Alone. It's not all a rush of heavy power metal. Wasting Time moves along the lines of metal ballad or anthem, with longer softer moments of vocals over acoustic guitar contrasted with shorter bursts of Edgedown's power metal and stinging guitar solos. Again, Edgedown is working all the right and classic elements of heavy power metal making Statues Fall a fine first effort. Recommended.
Edgedown is working all the right and classic elements of heavy power metal making Statues Fall a fine first effort. Recommended.
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