Splintered Throne – Redline
When Splintered Throne’s first disc, The Octagon, showed up on my doorstep unannounced, I approached it with some caution. Once I listened to it however, I was floored as it was just that damn good! Now when Jason Moser, guitarist and co-mastermind, asked me if I wanted a copy of their new offering, I was only too eager to say yes. They list their key influences as bands such as Maiden, Priest, Firewind, Anthrax, etc. and there is definitely a lot of that in the mix, but they also kind of have their own style going which makes it sound both familiar and fresh at the same time. I would say this album is a great continuation off of their previous work and if anything, the band is showing a bit more maturity in their song writing and there is some subtle depth to this album that the previous one was lacking. Definitely worth giving some attention to and something that will be part of my personal playlist going forward. Like it’s predecessor this album is worth picking up. That’s all I have time for now, time to drive off into the sunset with Splintered Throne and I will be sure to Enjoy The Ride!
\m/ 9 \m/
Receiving unsolicited music in the mail for review is always a double-edged sword. There is always the thrill of discovering something quite special, but to be honest more often than not it can be boring and run of the mill at best or sheer torture at the worst. But then, every once in awhile you come across something that is quite remarkable, fresh and jaw dropping. Well after repeated listens, Splintered Throne have shown up and are indeed all of those and much much more! What we have on this CD is some of the best music I have heard all year (and there were a lot of great releases in the past 12 months). There are nine tracks (plus one short instrumental) of some incredible music. This is a blending of hard rock meets heavy metal of a very accessible caliber. We have some incredible hooks, some outstanding riffs and some of the most incredible vocals I have heard in some time. Brian Garrison's voice has a bit of a Geddy Lee quality in some areas, though not in the way of a carbon copy. The music has that infectious melody that can really stick with you, yet at the same time there is enough of a metal tone to it that will kick you in the arse and remind you that you are listening to METAL! Very seldom does a band sound this good after not even being on my radar and punch me in the face like this one did. Normally it's customary for the band to thank a reviewer for spending the time to check out their music, but in this case I want to thank the band for sending this my way, it would be a carnal sin to not have heard this one at least once!
Choice Tracks - The Octagon, Set The Past On Fire, Seasons, Until The End, Grasp, Court Of Kings, Carry On
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