In a time where the metal underground is excessively crowded more than ever, with old bands coming back or still going strong and new ones popping up on a daily basis, it is nearly impossible for a band to really hone their own style or sound these days. While doing these reviews it is common practice to easily say this band sounds like Metallica or that one has a very Maiden sound, etc. well with Kantation all I can say is that they sound like, well Kantation! From Nano Lugo’s guitar tone to Martin DeBourge’s killer pipes, Kantation have been able to craft their own sound. And that sound is pretty damn good! Martin is able to inflect an insane amount of melody in his vocals, and yes it may take you a bit to get used to them as they are very distinct, but once you get used to them, they don’t let you go! The production on here is immaculate and fits the band to a tee. This is also one of those albums that grabs you tighter with each listen as there are little nuances to be heard that you may not have picked on the first couple times through. The band does a great job transitioning from the higher speed scorchers and the slower and gentle parts. Not sure if this album is as good as the first one or not, they are both incredibly good and each have their own subtle strengths to them, but it is definitely another solid release from a very underrated band that needs to be on every metalhead’s radar!
Choice Tracks – Walk Through Desire, Dying To Live, Power And The Glory, Green River, Contemp[lation