Yes, here it is ! Finally the long-awaited debut album by japanese HEAVY METAL heroes SIGNIFICANT POINT is now OUT ! I was already impressed when I discovered them years ago with their debut 2014 demo and even more some years later in 2018 when they released the "Attacker" EP - the band already showed an impressive potential when it comes to play hi-class old-school Heavy-Metal (if you dig early Iron Maiden, Loudness, old-MSG) .. but NOW - it's clear they worked really hard and they take their music to another level !
This is a mix of classical heavy-metal mixed with speed-metal fury, the whole being always fast, catchy, very technical and melodic !
In my opinion, the thing that will first blow your ears is the guitar works.. Both guitarists Gou Takeushi and Kazuki Kuwagaki are crazy axemen - wasting NO time unleashing Iron Maiden-like guitar duels - at full speed, constantly trying to outperform themselves - it's technically impressive but musically coherent with a high sense for melody - just in the purest & most noble HEAVY METAL tradition.. i guess MURRAY/SMITH or TIPTON/DOWNING would be impressed as well !!
Speaking of the rhythmical work.. it is solid as fuck ! Tight and intense drum work - this is the backbone of the album, solid & efficient while the bass work brings depth and a certain warmth to the content of this album !
At last, but not least.. the vocal job is here .. how could I say.... huh ! IMPRESSIVE ! Not sure George Itoh is/will be a permanent band member as he is credited as "guest vocalist" on this album, but this guy breathes HEAVY METAL ! Of course, you have to be a true HEAVY METAL warrior to appreciate his soaring high-pitched singing style, but to me, this guy is as impressive as a certain Bruce Dickinson or Michael Kiske in their prime - he knows how to vary the intonations to make the choruses catchy and his power is one of the major assets of this album !
In a word, this "Into The Storm" is one of the best HEAVY METAL albums released this year.. and it's clear that it buries a large majority of the current productions of the style - this is so passionate, authentic, TRUE (for the PASSION not the FASHION - as my friend Marco would YELL it !), that I'm sure you'll stick to this album for a very long time and even after, you will come back listening to it very regularly ! A MUST-HAVE for all Heavy Metal Maniacs around !
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Born 1969, grew up with the NWOBHM sounds, musically educated with cult french magazines that were ENFER and METAL ATTACK, definitely nailed to the style when "The Number Of The Beast" by IRON MAIDEN was released... From 1982, it was clear life would never be the same ! Young & getting wild to the HEAVY sounds of SAXON, VENOM, BLACK SABBATH, MOTORHEAD, Young Fab also discovered thanks to school mates the NOISE, FILTH & FURY of Hard-Core/Punk bands like G.B.H, DISCHARGE, BROKEN BONES but also CRO-MAGS, BAD BRAINS, FUGAZI... and later on, through the 90's, everything that was ALTERNATIVE, EXPERIMENTAL, GRUNGE, INDUSTRIAL (SONIC YOUTH, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS)... Passion & curiosity grew up as years went by ... Fate was SEALED... no turning back ! No Music = No Life !