In Finland, the next generation of highly talented musicians knocks on the doors of the Symphonic Metal Throne Hall, home to grandees such as Nightwish, Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica. But the boys of Arion are not yet granted admission. Apart from all the technical skills that the sextet undoubtedly has to be allowed to possess, their debut "Last Of Us" (in autumn 2013 the EP "New Dawn" was already released) initially remains a song writing platitude, but recently they made it at least to fifth place in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest ("Lost"). But at first they don't stand out, because the album bursts with soundtrack bombs: choirs and orchestral passages shoot from all corners. Last Of Us" was produced by Stratovarius guitarist/producer Matias Kupiainen. He knows how to do it, no question. All in all, "Last Of Us" is definitely not a tube-breaker. Next time, however, it may be a little more original. Otherwise, the throne room will continue to celebrate without Arion.
Top Track: Burn Your Ship