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Beltane - The Wheel Of Sabbaths

Published Nov. 07 2006

=Staff's pick

Lord Of Death
Divine Child
The Mating Search
The Ritual
Harvest Lord*
Falling Leaves
The Saviour Of The Cursed Land*
White Wolf*

Genre Heavy Metal
Marco B. D. Nasciment
Tracks 10
Ricardo S. Marques
Runningtime 53 Min.
A. Anhaia
Label Dynamite Rock
Claiton Langner
Release 06 June 2006
Marcelo Ferrasa
Country Brasil
Similar artists Iron Maiden, Savatage

Good things first. This is true. To the bone. The production is simplest possible and one can feel the metal heart pound in accordance to the music. The band has stated their disgrace for artificial sound built on technological effects such as triggers, samplers and emulators. Unfortunately, it is crap anyway. The singer, Marco Bührer Do Nascimento, gets every tenth tone right. The drummer Marcelo Ferrasa manages the most basic fills if he concentrates real hard. Some of the riffs are actually pretty okay, but do not come with compositions that really hold together. The live energy that the band wanted to create is not really to be found.

But there are glimpses of hope here and there. The Mating Search has a touch of Iron Maiden. Litha could be compared to some early Helloween material. None of them owns the quality of those bands thought. Harvest Lord is a classical power ballad, which would work fine with a real singer. A quite nice guitar solo in that one actually. The Saviour Of The Cursed Land also works as a mid-tempo epic piece about 'a hero and warrior of the oppressed people', presumably Brazilian natives. Annoying that Bührer keeps pronouncing 'curs-ed' awkward. White Wolf could be traced back to Deep Purple, and shows that the both guitarist are the hub of the band. The Wheel of Sabbaths is about the old pagan rites that celebrate the nature's cycles. With all those Brazilian influences in lyrics, where are these influences in the music?






3 chalices of 10 - David

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