MERIDIAN - METALLURGY (Mighty Music)

 

                                    (Review by Sloof)

Since we cooperate with Mighty Music and Target Group, both from Denmark, we have a very good eye on the Danish music scene, as we received and reviewed many bands in the  past 12 months, and one thing counts for sure: Danish metal is alive and kicking!  Whether we speak about Progressive Metal, or Heavy Metal, or even Hardcore, every release so far has a very high standard! As result, we always look forward when Mighty Music/Target deliver a new package with releases of unknown bands that contain one common factor: quality! This time aint different with Meridian, a Heavy Metal band from Esbjerg, West coast of Denmark.

The band was formed in 2005 and after a few years practicing, the quintet decided to record a first EP. Again two years later, we write 2009, Meridian recorded a second EP called ‘Inside The Machine’. What follows now might be defined as incomprehensive, as the band recorded their debut album in 2011, but instead of releasing those 10 tracks, they took a step back and concluded altogether that the sound was good, but it didn’t sound great…  They felt that the songs deserved a better fate and started all over again. That decision caused a lineup change so guitar player Mads Bahl left Meridian and was soon replaced by Martin J. Andersen, known from the Danish rock band Blindstone. The band is now ready to impress the European Metal Scene as “Metallurgy” is available from December 9th on!  Having a lineup change results that both guitar players contributed on 5 songs on this album, but they did their job as brothers in arms!

“Metallurgy” kicks off with an instrumental intro called ‘Introminator’ and this one guides us in a perfect way to the first track ‘Between Love And Hate’. The vocals of Lars Märker have an attentive approach as he’s sounding really original. Sometimes his voice is vulnerable and frail, but at other moments he’s adjusting to a harsh way of singing.  Lars makes the difference in the material that is spread on this disc, and I personally like when he’s into the darker, hoarse tone timbre. Most of the songs have a slightly poppy influence, but due to the fact that the vocalist is versatile, it’s always nice to hear how they mingle melody with heaviness. ‘The Machine’ opens with pounding bass and drums but only 30 seconds in the song, the guitar takes control, followed by a raw sound and a blistering guitar solo. This song takes 6:31 minutes and it results in a rollercoaster of twists and turns, hooks and breaks.

‘My Enemy’ takes about 8 minutes and opens very slowly and dragging forward. You just feel that heavy weather is coming our way and that this track will explode to heights. A lot of progressive elements are added and the middle part has a break that slows down the speed even more. Nice guitars of Steffan and Martin, followed by heavy vocals of Lars to accelerate at full speed. Another solo is coming our way while the track is increasing in speed. All this indicates that this is not just a track, but can be considered as one of the best songs of the album.

How can we conclude on Meridian? Really great solos in almost every song and vocals that add a typical element to the sound of the band, that’s what Meridian is all about, or simple said: et løfte for fremtiden.

My rating: 88 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish