This is my third review this month of a work from a Spanish band (see also reviews of Eldorado and Airless). This time it's metal band Cain's Dinasty from Alicante (south of Valencia and quite the tourist attraction I hear). The band is young, formed only several years ago; but all the members have previous experience in the metal arena. Currently, the lineup is stable and their musical direction quite clear. Cain's Dinasty gives you a basic melodic mixture of heavy and power metal.
Your musical journey begins with a classic power metal aural assault in the title track, 'Legacy Of Blood.' This average power metal song gives you a preview of some of the exciting fret work ahead. There are some brilliant solos to be found on 'Two Seconds To Forget Your Name,' 'Tears Of Pain' and the closer, 'Taking A Look.' Additionally, 'Legacy Of Blood' is your first introduction to Rubén Picazo whose occupation in the band is described as 'screaming lung' and not vocals. Now I don't know if this means he has only one lung, but he definitely can wail. At first I found his delivery grating, but Senor Picazo gets better along the way. He's better, yet still vague, on songs like 'Two Seconds To Forget Your Name' or 'The Journey.' His best presentation is when he either eases off the screams ('Remember The Tragedy'), joins with another vocalist ('Tears Of Pain') or nails the metal power ballad ('Come To Me'). Kudos definitely go to the bass work of Paco Castillo, especially 'Under The City Lights,' 'Tears Of Pain' and 'Taking A Look.'
Overall, 'Legacy Of Blood' is strong effort from beginning to end. It's not all generic European power either. Actually, at times you can hear a subtle goth feel coursing through the arrangement. Mostly, the music is mixture of power and melodic heavy metal. Cain's Dinasty sounds best when the latter trumps the former as on 'Two Seconds To Forget Your Name,' the best song on the album, 'The Journey,' Tears Of Pain' or the massively entertaining 'Taking A Look.' This song perfectly balances both styles and offers some killer guitar work. Cain's Dinasty stumbles briefly with mediocre power like ' Infancia Eterna' and 'Legacy Of Blood.'
Cain's Dinasty and 'Legacy Of Blood' is a grand and powerful debut despite flirting dangerously with a sometimes mediocre and derivative power metal style. This is band which has found a direction, but still seems to be searching for their own style. Still I was duly impressed; there's a ton of potential here and I look forward to future works. Very recommended!
Cain's Dinasty and 'Legacy Of Blood' is a grand and powerful debut despite flirting dangerously with a sometimes mediocre and derivative power metal style. This is band which has found a direction, but still seems to be searching for their own style. Still I was duly impressed.
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