Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Metal | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 165 / 11-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7.5/10 | Label: Rykodisc | Autor: MB

A short look at the trailer of the horror patch "Scintilla" doesn't give a good idea. Platt said: A mixture of "Chernobyl Diaries" and "Species" is now truly no celebration hour for cineasts. Saxon singer Biff Byford was so taken with the crude story of underground labs, aliens and genetic experiments in old Soviet bunkers that he, together with drummer Lionel Hicks, bassist Anthony Richie (both from the often overlooked progressive metal band Balance Of Power) and guitarist/co-producer Andy Sneap (Sabbat, Hell, Fozzy), developed a concept album around the film. Bombastic, minimal progressive metal with easily comprehensible melodies is offered and for an artificially out of the ground stamped project "The Hybrid" even sounds really good (except for isolated lengths). Above all Byford can prove himself here once off the beaten track of the usual saxon melody. The Saxon song "No Rest For The Wicked" (from "Call To Arms"), which even made it into the movie itself, completes the album. Better invest here than in the movie.

Top Track: Beware The Children

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