PROMETHIUM - ORIGINS (Independent)
(Review by Sloof)
Besides being a chemical element with the symbol Pm and atomic number 61 is Promethium also a heavy metal band from Lancaster, UK. Both names were derived from Prometheus, the Titan in Greek mythology who stole fire from Mount Olympus and brought it down to humans. It symbolizes ‘both the daring and the possible misuse of the mankind intellect’. The spelling was then changed to ‘promethium’, as this was closer in accordance with other metals. After the foundation of Promethium, the band built up years of experience in the studio, which clearly shows in their live and promo work. After the release of an EP ‘Tribute To The Fallen’ in 2009, a follow up debut album was released in 2010. I wrote a review for this album and the final score reached 86/100! It’s really worth to check out, and get to know this band better: http://www.metaltoinfinity.be/CDREVIEWS/Promethium_Welcometotheinstitution.html
While the debut album was signed on Casket Records, the band had to release and promote their second effort independently. I was really wondering if they could persist their typical style, and continue their path of Groove/Heavy Metal with NWOBHM influences. Luckily, they still have frontman Gary McGahon on board, as his voice is indispensable and crucial in the arrangement of the songs. They all demand a voice that is a bit rough, a bit unpredictable but noticeable throughout the whole album. Listen to the tracks ‘Revolver’ and ‘Believer’ and you will hear that his vocal chords can be aggressive with a sandpaper touch. The only lineup change that took place was drummer Andy Richmond being replaced by Dominic Clayton.
‘Won’t Break Me’ opens the album and has a very genuine riff that stands tall in almost every song on this second release, except for the title track, which is a short instrumental. The riffs on this album are straight forward, efficient and to the point. No technical embellishment, no exaggerated exposure of craftsmanship, but only with one aim: less is more. ‘The Art Of Hurting’ starts really heavy, and while guitarplayers Daniel Lovett and Rossi are focusing on the strings, the rhythm section is pumping the track to a heavy dosed killer song! Next one is called ‘Counterfeit’ and starts with some nice drumming of newcomer Dominic while bassplayer Barry Mills is taking care of a concrete layer. It is really hard to point out the better songs as they all fit as one piece. Every single track has its own power and magical twist and I’m glad that the band succeeded in writing material that goes back to their roots with a little modern approach. This should be the music that they all listened to growing up, and isn’t that an incredible achievement?
My rating: 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 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish