Defending The Faith - Defender
A german trio that claims to play a mixture of progressive and powermetal - but if you ask me that progressive elements in this are very few, and I would rather classify it as heavy metal with a few progressive elements.
I choose to review this under ordinary albumreviews rather than under the demo-category, since it's a 60 minute longplayer - label-less and selfproduced/financed nevertheless, but I see this as more than a normal 4-song demo.
This band has officialy existed since 1998, when members earlier belonging to Stormwitch and Screaming formed this band and later on brought in Jürgen G. Allert in vocals who had previously played with Nightwolf, Lyons and Mindcrime.
The songs are mostly filled with brilliant riffs and passages, which I think are more related to the powermetal style than the progressive, and guitarist R. Balci (which earlier played drums, but back in 1990 decided to switch to stringbending) delivers quite a few great solos and intelligent riffs/harmonies during this hour.
The production I personally find a little bit too thin to fulfill my needs, and a more powerful drumsound and pondus in the backing and leadvocals could be desired, but it is not that bad that it has any effect on the grades I give for the album overall.
Having in mind that the band is still label-less, and
have produced this all by themselves it's understandable that it yet
can't be a monsterproduction.
The fact that they are using a drumcomputer (which has turned out to be a kind of fourth member nowadays, and they actually are using during liveshows, since they are experiencing trouble finding a suitable member) are also of course a big reason to why that geniuine groovy and powerful drumsound are a bit absent.
I think that this band are showing themselves from their
best side in the more straigth-on metalparts instead of where the progressive
elements play a bigger part.
I am positive that if these guys continue on this road
they have started on, and continue to develop in a positive direction,
we are in for a nice treat in form of the upcoming fullength album.
They are currently writing songs for that one, and are
entering the studio around April/May this year, so I could recommend
you to keep an eye out for them in the future.