ARTIZAN - ANCESTRAL ENERGY (Pure Steel Records)
(Review by Stefan)
And again, I’m extremely good-humoured writing down my thoughts on a good US Metal album, this time it’s the second album from Artizan which reach me to higher regions, all because of their nice delivery of typical Classic Metal, fully melodic spiced. Artizan was formed in 2008, one year later on they released a self financed EP followed by a full album brought out in 2011 through Pure Steel Records.
The band is known for their old school approach to Heavy Metal, clean vocals and outstanding compositions...that alley. Some of you might spread around that the originality within this type music is hard to find but that’s not the main point here. Looking for some mainstream stuff? Well than, get the hell outta here and stop complaining... you won't get your thrills due to Artizan offers pure, in-your-face Classic Metal. New bands bringing songs in a classic way shows their appreciation to the good old days and that’s what I like the most of all. Those who have experienced the 80s Metal movement know what I mean. Decades ago but still… there is no Metal like Classic Metal to me! Do I make myself clear enough!?
Second shot for Artizan entitled “Ancestral Energy” sounds really good, actually an homage to the 80s truly. All refers to the period such as clean vocals including high screams, quite simple guitar riffs, and thunderous basslines. Artizan’s drummer sounds like one of a kind due to his very impressed way of skin bashing with a very wide range of technical skills… what a great drummer! Principle and most noteworthy feature for Artizan are the full loads melodic lines regularly passing by in very pleasant way.
‘I Am The Storm’ is all about Classic Heavy Metal music, including the thunderbolts and a good break, an opener that sounds like a product from a bygone age. After hearing songs like this one or others as: ‘Deep Oceans Dreams’ and the single ‘The Death Of Me’, you can sing along the chorus likes easily… pieces that stuck to your soul. ‘The Guardian’ opens quiet, almost ballad-like but after a while the song starts to take his own identity, more Metal minded with a slightly progmetal touch. A cleverly conceived act by this great American players who still know how to please me but… the best has yet to come, check it out.
I will underline the fact that the last song/title track of Artizan’s new album called “Ancestral Energy” is an outstanding, enjoyable trip through the beautiful soundscapes of Melodic Heavy Metal. A ten-minute long experience featuring calm periods driving up to mid/up-tempo velocities, nice melodic moments and last but least… Ex Iced Earth frontman Matt Barlow comes unexpectedly emerge with his world class, legendary throat. Well, this is a great moment to me because Matt still belongs to my favourite alltime Metal singers. You will hear Matt only for a while during this song but his world-class vocals in combination with the original Artizan shouter Tom Braden works heavenly beautiful. A very well balanced Heavy Metal composition… total admiration for such a great song is all mine!
Artizan beholds their faith in Classic Heavy Metal and I can deal with that. “Ancestral Energy” sounds like a worthy successor to previous album “Curse Of The Artizan” and definitely recommended to all those who feel called upon the mighty powers of US Heavy Metal… I’m in! Band check at: www.facebook.com/artizanmetal / www.artizanmetal.com order your own copy via: www.puresteel-records.com
My Points: 88 / 100
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 89: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish