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Brainstorm: Downburst

Germany's Brainstorm has been silent since 'Liquid Monster' two years ago. After several spins of their latest 'Downburst,' I'm convinced the waiting was worth it. I was never a huge fan of Brainstorm in the past, but 'Downburst' has made me a believer. Sure, this is basic German power metal. Yet, there is more here. Of course, it's heavy, but never overbearing. There's more melody than ever before and Brainstorm adds a symphonic feel in many songs. I would say that 'Downburst' is the most enjoyable and most listenable Brainstorm work to date.

First off, I can easily say I was pleased with most every track on this album. The production is certainly exceptional thanks much to Sascha Paeth. The opening track 'Falling Spiral Down' is a clearly an example of 'putting your best foot forward,' a solid number full of energy and strength. 'Fire Walk With Me' is probably the best cut on the album. Andy B. Franck is simply magnificent. The arrangement mixes a heavy melody with some creative progressive elements. The chorus absolutely kills and the guitar work is brilliant. This is true heavy metal. Count 'Stained With Sin,' 'How Do You Feel' and 'Surrounding Walls' as simply top notch metal as well. The most curious surprise on the album is 'End In Sorrow,' where Franck lays down some of his gruffness only to thrill you with an equally intense and emotional delivery. The song itself is the most musically diverse and most symphonic across this achievement.

Sonically speaking, 'Downburst' is the best Brainstorm work to date. It wholly satisfies the true metalhead at heart. There's classy arrangements, tons of melody, ripping guitar work, and profound musicianship. You need to check this out today. Highly recommended!

In Short

Welcome the return of Germany's Brainstorm and their great new album, 'Downburst.' This is Brainstorm's best work to date delivering classy power metal driven by a more symphonic and progressive nature. 'Downburst' proves why you love and listen to metal!

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