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Luthor - Skyweaver Review

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Artist: Luthor

Album: Skyweaver

Released: 2004

A mixture of styles and genres: Melodic Heavy Metal


This CD was sent to us by Australian guitarist/vocalist Dean Burgess who also wrote in his letter that debut album of his band was a fully independent and self funded project. And to my mind this is good introduction to almost unknown and intriguing world of Australian Metal music. Despite the fact that the band is from Australia you won't be able to listen to kangaroo's singing. But you've got an opportunity to listen to not bad Melodic Metal with strong influences of classic Hard Rock, Doom Metal and Progressive Metal.

The first song "Skyweaver" begins with energetic drumming and rhythm guitars, then we hear high-pitched voice. Some good guitar solos also attracts my attention. The song's got simple structure but is quick-moving and full of force.

The second song "Evil Eye" demonstrates us musicians' love for Black Sabbath, Psychotic Waltz and King Diamond. This song resembles me Black Sabbath in its gloominess, title, guitars and general feeling. It also resembles me Psychotic Waltz in its rhythms. Singer's voice during refrain and refrain itself resembles King Diamond. The song ends with mystic monologue.

The third mid-tempo song "Mother Sea" is not so heavy as previous one, and is more cheerful, you can feel the slightest touch of Black Sabbath in guitars' sounding.

The forth track "Rain" starts from transparent acoustic guitars, then you hear slow beautiful song with amazing and multi-colored guitar solos.

The fifth song "Lady Vampire" is another energetic track with some Black Sabbath, Cathedral and classic Hard Rock influences in guitars and tunes.

The sixth mid-tempo track "I am" resembles me early Danzig works in its spirit, there is a good guitar solo here.

The next song "Take" is mid-tempo and simple again, it contains something from Candlemass and Black Sabbath.

The next track "Always" is more forceful than previous ones. It's based on strong and simple guitar riffs and it contains (like all other songs) a beautiful guitar solo.

The last song "Tears" is a ballad with acoustic guitars and sad voice.

To sum it up I'd like to say that the band has got a chance to be a great success. It would be useful for them to include in their next albums more vigorous and versatile songs.

Vocals:6.00 of 10
Instruments:7.00 of 10
Skill:8.00 of 10
Originality:6.00 of 10
TOTAL:6.75 of 10

Reviewed by: Vera Drozdova /28.11.2004/

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