PAYLOAD - ODYSSEY DAWN (Shadow Records)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
Finland is a country that appeals to me very much. They have wonderful metal bands and the land of a thousand lakes knows what quality is. When I received the debut album of this unknown Finish band, I was really curious. Was this the next gem to explore, could this become the next Dreamtale, Ensiferum, Fintroll or Stratovarius? Knowing that only few bands from the high North disappointed me so far, I pushed the play button, ready for some serious Metal action. Well the Helsinki area doesn’t need to be afraid of an aftershock that is heading their direction, as the music of Payload is only a sigh of wind, nothing more, nothing less.
After the release of a demo ‘Bad Coffee’ in 2009 and an EP ‘Last Action Hero’ in 2010, they are aiming for a first full length album, and perhaps things happened too fast for Payload. They start this album in the pure and traditional Heavy Metal style with some influences of Grave Digger. Just like the just mentioned German band, they have the same weak shackle in their lineup. The vocals of Risto Sundberg are a pain in the ass, all must be said that after a few listening sessions I got a little bit more into his vocal chords.
The first song ‘War Machine’ continues with almost the same riff in the second track ‘Wasted ‘, that takes almost 7 minutes. There is a break after 2 minutes to speed up after the solo again. The next one is called ‘Wounds’, and again we get a slow riffing track of almost 7 minutes. ‘Poison Cure’ has a diverse beginning as the spoken intro gives a little variety. ‘Lie’ starts pretty well, but again, the pace is rather modest. The first track that really drew my attention was ‘Nails’ that starts a little furious and the guitars of Vic Lausas sound a little wilder compared with the previous songs. The title track speeds up even more while track 9 ‘Unleash’ is again typical Heavy Metal.
All in all, I need to conclude that this band is one of many and will not be able to emerge from the masses. Payload is nice as a hobby band and although the members want to release albums, they need to be aware that a good vocalist is really necessary to lift the average songs to a higher level. So far, they tarnish the Finnish scene, and they bring more harm than expected.
My rating: 58 / 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 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish