Canadian heavy metal powerhouse Titans Eve return with their third album, Chasing The Devil. The band is somewhat of an anomaly among modern metal bands. Sure they're aggressive, assertive is probably better, and heavy, but these things are tempered to an abundance of melody and harmony.
Mostly the former comes from the thick, pounding, and thrashy riffs, often within the same song, but mostly from Brian Gamblin's gruff, somewhat harsh, voice and chanting delivery. The latter melodic side, curiously, comes also from the guitars and their twin guitar harmony that add a sweetness to the intensity. Also, and akin to the melody and harmony, there's often a prominent rock groove within a song, sometimes right along side flurry of speed. Then in the middle of this mixture are some sweet soaring guitar solos, harmonious and fluid. When these things come together Titans Eve is downright lethal. Best example is the title track, a total groove monster in an epic metal wrapper. Other songs, like We Defy, War Path, and The Grind, have that juxtaposition of traditional heavy metal steadiness and thrash wildness, both contrasted with solid portions of guitar harmony. Often styles blur within a song. Is the first half of Endless Light power or thrash metal? It roars along like both. Then past the midpoint, Titans dial it back, slow down for more of their guitar harmony and smooth leads.
As much as I have little interest in modern metal due it's hardcore and harsh tendencies, Titans Eve is different, even better than most of their peers. They blend classic heavy, power, and thrash metal with a dose of modern intensity, yet temper it with melody harmony for persuasive, interesting, and entertaining results. Recommended.
Titans Eve blends classic heavy, power, and thrash metal with a dose of modern intensity, yet temper it with melody harmony for persuasive, interesting, and entertaining results. Recommended.
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