KANTATION - DISCOVERY (Independent)
This is a band US Power Metal fans should know about because it contains members from other American Metal bands. This can be heard when you listen to this album, the experience must not be questioned when you have for example vocalist Martin DeBourge (ex-Damien Thorne) and Brian K hairullah hairullahhairullah (Deliverance, Vengeace Rising) within the row. Master brain behind this new band is a man that listens to the name of Nano Lugo. Furthermore I remember there were some guest musicians at work here, naming Mindwarp Chamber guitarist Michael Cerna.
Enough talent in this band so the chance I would hear sometime weak was very little. And no, this album doesn’t disappoint at all and will for sure please fans of modern True Metal. This record contains lots of good compositions, awesome guitars and a stable base for each single track. There’s no overdose of Power but the band gallops in varied tempi what makes this one very enjoyable to listen to. The song writing is focused on Heavy Metal that finds their roots in the early Eighties, often it sounds as NWOBHM in a new shape.
What makes this one sound very strong are without any doubts the drums. They are technical played with a strong focus to perfection. The drums, along with the great bass lines, are making the foundation which gives the vocalist and guitar players the luxury to put themselves in the spotlights. It certainly makes their job a lot easier because the constant heavy rhythm sessions are the brand for the entire album.
Not that Kantation makes it the listener that easy. This record needs its time and it obliges the listener to make several spins to get into it. You don’t hear me say this band renews the genre but they’re adding more than once some real enjoyable sounding structures in their music and along with the previous mentioned Power that works. You don’t need to expect ‘easy on the ear’ tracks, Power on mid tempo is the key word.
When a singer like Martin DeBourge is in the front row the listener is secured because this man contains a good voice. He often reminds me of Brian Soulard (ex-Eidolon, 7th Reign) or even Michael Degrena (Order of Nine), not at all from vocal sound but because also those two singers made their band sound pretty unique with the possibilities they had. Martin DeBourge is not at all the new Halford, Dio or Dickinson but with him behind the microphone the band creates their own identity. Some might consider this kind of vocals too monotone, which I can understand, but it’s just that typical vocal sound that works for me right here.
Next to the beautiful front cover, one you would grab for in a Metal shop, I have enough good reasons to advice any fan of pure US Heavy/Power Metal to purchase this one. Outstanding leads and more than enough fantastic riffs or what did you expect from an American band? Headbanging stuff without real highlights but stable enough to be welcomed in the US Metal scène. Check: http://www.kantation.com .
My Points: 81 / 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