Welcome to ‘Destructive Ways’, the latest offering from Swiss metallers Gonoreas.
Ritual – Gorgeous acoustic intro, filled with atmosphere, pathos, wonder and intrigue.
Rebellion Against The Obsessor – Wow! Opening screams of an ilk I’ve never heard before. Memorable and powerful are the first words which spring to mind. This was made for a classic new wave of power/speed metal album. Packed full of great melodic riffs, awesome sounding vocal harmonies and power screams to kill for. Lively, refreshing and fun.
Destructive Ways – Straight in there with a nice heavy intro, leaving no room for doubt. Very metal lyrics and energy permeate through it. Upbeat tone, catchy, high octane drum fills and riffs created for air guitar heaven. Just a great, vibrant, life affirming title track.
Viking – Taking the tone down a bit, to fit the hardness of the title, yet losing none of its essential power. They know how to make a guitar scream. Throwing in some decent Viking shouts, interspersed with plenty of fun filled riffage; the style’s married well with the title. Slightly more intricate riffage towards the end. A very successful sound and feel.
Parallel Universe – Wow! Just got to love the opening riffage on this. Nice lyrics. Very relevant and more resonant for some of us than for others. There’s a slight air of DIO about this, in places. I know there’s been lots of mention of power so far, but this track just screams it. Brilliantly fast-paced, sexy, warm, enjoyable song, which seems to come straight from metal heaven.
Wizards – Intrigue, sorcery and magic abound in the intro – consisting of a combo of wind and church bell sound effects, emulating a cross between ‘Holy Diver’ and ‘Black Sabbath’. Right throughout, the mood stays up, as they sing about wizards and heroes, in that classically timeless, age-old winning formula. The whole thing just speaks to anyone whose soul and spirit gravitates towards mysticism, magic and all things otherworldly. Great feelgood track.
Empire – Liking the heavy tone and rapid rhythm to this, which doesn’t let up right from the intro. Very strong vocals, of a very high quality. Some fabulous drum work in there, of prime headbanging territory. Cracking melodies. Brimming with enthusiasm and not afraid to experiment with sound, style and pace around the mid-section. Soon returning to the quicker pace and getting in tons of sexy, high-powered riffage from that point onwards. Pouring every ounce of energy and passion into those vocals and ending on some stunningly complex and beautiful riffage. Strength incarnate.
When Nobody Asked – Beating its way into the song, with hard-hitting drum rolls and riffs, this means business. Markedly more serious lyrical content, delivered with just as much verve and holds an extremely plausible flavour. Slowing and downtoning the pace after the mid-section, to reflect the themes, before upping the feel and taking the tone back up again. Catchy quality, with the riffage at the end returning to the hammering feel of the intro, leaving you stunned. Heavy hitting, influential and unforgettable.
Dark Triad – Lovely smooth riff intro, just melting into the track and then hammering it home, with lots of aggressive riffs and drum rolls, matched by distinctly more edgy, gritty vocals, collectively determined to drive their warning message home. Some really fittingly dark, doom filled riffs and drum hits following the mid-section; lightening the tone back up again, towards the end, yet never losing that vital thread of terror. Dark, threatening and macabre.
The Offering – Acoustic intro, filled with meaning and feeling. Pure instrumental and very European in flavour. Becoming gradually heavier, yet still remaining soft in feel. Another well fitting track title, very reminiscent of Metallica’s ‘Fade To Black’. Just beautiful.
Overall – Just a delightful slice of sheer metallic beauty. One for more laid-back moods, needing power and stillness, combined.
For fans of Metallica and power/speed metal.