Tad Morose have always been a favorite of the European PPM bands throughout the years as they have done a great job mixing the dark atmospheres with some really engaging and well-written power metal. The older style was quite a bit more progressive, but since their recent rejuvenation they have had so much more punch to the music, without losing the atmospheric qualities that stood them apart from the rest of the flock. The band took a bit of flack with their 2013 release Revenant, particularly in the vocals department. Urban breed is a tough vocalist to replace, and I feel that Ronny Hemlin did an admirable job of vocalizing the tunes, and as much as I do like Urban’s work, I feel Hemlin does a better job than he is given credit for. In fact on this CD I think he did an even better job of mixing in. Let’s hope he proves the nay sayers wrong and they adjust to his different vocal style. As far as the music itself here, it definitely has the classic Morose sound, engaging and epic with some chunky riffs mixed in with the usual soaring majesty and dark overtones you would expect. All in all quite tasty. Not sure if it is their greatest effort as they have released some pretty monster efforts in the past, though it is still a very high quality release and would look good in any power metallers arsenal!
Choice Tracks – Forlorn, Bow To The Reaper’s Blade, Day Of Reckoning, The World Is Growing Old, Black Fire