Angel Blake - Angel Blake
Angel Blake is the solo project of Marko Tervonen from The Crown. Therefore he has taken care of every instrument himself in the studio. All but the microphone, which he handed over to Tony Jelencovich (Transport League). I didn't know how to label this, so I made up a 'new' genre, melancholic metal, which is a description Tervonen uses about his music.
Retaliate is melodic metal with some quite heavy groove. Not bad at all actually. Lychantrope continues on the same path. Self-Terminate leans over more to melodic thrash, in the vain of later Megadeth. Solitude, My Friend slows down the tempo and is too melancholic to appeal to me. The Forsaken has a melodic chorus that sticks like glue. Thousand Storms wins my personal appreciation, because of its heavy riff and nice melody. We also get a cover on Rolling Stones' Paint It Black. I guess this speedy version is quite okay, but I think Rage did it even better on XIII. 'Til The End is a slow, six minute piece, that grows a bit every time you listen.
Tervonen can make good songs, no doubt. But it is some
difference between a studio project and a band. Angel Blake now seems
to be on its way to move from the former to the latter. That is promising
for even more qualitative releases in the future. This record will probably
not be any immediate success, but it is worth checking out for the one
who is searching for some fresh musical influences, with roots steady
in the old nice heavy metal.