After taking various and different paths, Belgium's Megasonic is the creation of long time friends Lieven De Wolf, Jeroen De Bock and Dimitri Verhoeven. All three have experience in the European rock and metal scene, and all three are talented multi-instrumentalists. Intense is their debut album.
And both the band and the album live up to their names. Megasonic uses their impressive musical skills to create a rushing wall of sound to overwhelm your ears. From riffs to vocal arrangements, rhythm section to guitar leads, Megasonic puts the 'power' back into power trio. Essentially, Intense breaks from the gates with speed and harmonic intensity and, with a minor exception, doesn't really stop. Their heavy metal is of the classic melodic variety, but revved up as speed metal. Bombs Away, Crash and Burn, Demon's Lust are just a few of the speed racers that will run over your eardrums.
To conserve energy along the way, there are two slower songs, Love Lost Love and Man in the Moon. The former does get jacked up with riffage as it moves along; the latter is the lighter of the two, and the obvious contrast to everything else here. The band also does two covers, both revved up versions of the originals. One is Paul Gilbert's Down To Mexico which, despite the speed, kicks the guitar prominent. The other is Abba's Does Your Mother Know, again, put in a speed metal context without depriving of it's dance beat. What is it with these European hard rock and metal bands that cover Abba? That group basically sucked. But I digress. Megaosonic's Intense is everything the band name and album title suggests: a bombastic heavy metal barrage that barrels along like a bullet train. Recommended.
Megaosonic's Intense is everything the band name and album title suggests: a bombastic heavy metal barrage that barrels along like a bullet train. Recommended.
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