Freternia- Warchants And Fairytales
Freternia is one of the most promising up- and comers
on the Swedish metal scene and with their debut Warchants and Fairytales
we're under a full melodic speed metal attack!
The vocalist Pasi Humppi has a very powerful voice and I'd go as far as saying that he's the trademark of the sound of the band. He sings in the mid range and he's also got a great sence of melody and simply radiates energy and power. The keyboards and some other arrangements don't take over at all but instead do what they should- provide and support the sound without overdoing it and just add that little extra spice. Then we have the very mighty choruses to consider. They are supported by great choirs and harmonies that give them a very epic and at the same time very catchy and sing-along-like feeling. And then at last the guitars.
There are some beginnings on this album that probably are among the best I've ever heard. And you don't get disappointed during the verses and the rest of the tracks either. The guitar orgy continues with unabated force from the first tone to the very last. Warchants and Fairytales is plain and simply an impressive display of very fast and melodic guitar based songs with an excellent vocal performance. If I would have to describe it in a few terms it would approximately be something like this: Very driving and melodic tracks that musically go in the veins of Gamma Ray and classic eighties metal with vocals that perhaps could be compared with a lighter Hansi Kürsch. All in all, simple and straightforward in many ways but very brilliant and original.
Taken together, this gives Freternia very intelligent
tracks, a very unique sound and the only things that are on the downside
with this album is that it's on a label that unfortunately has gone
bankrupt so it might prove to be quite difficult to get hold of it.
But if you do, you'll find a 44 minute full metal strike that's way
more than just an ordinary listening experience.