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THALION

Dawn Of Chaos

(Maple Metal Records)

Reviewed by : Kelley Simms
Rating : 7.0

French-Canadian heavy/power metal band THALION (not to be confused with the Brazilian band of the same name) have released its debut full-length, Dawn of Chaos. On its eight tracks, there’s a fairly balanced mix of ’80s speed metal, progressive metal, traditional heavy metal and German power metal, mostly likened to HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and EDGUY, only with a slightly harder edge. Thalion put the standard Euro power metal formula to good use with dual guitar leads, pounding double bass rudiments, melodic hooks, layered vocal harmonies and catchy, chant-able choruses. Bassist/vocalist Stéphane Brindle has a decent enough set of pipes, but at times, seems to be stretching it on the higher notes. His bass playing is decent, which is complimented by the tight drumming of Pierre-Yves Côté. Guitarists Charles VoHo and Sam Dufourand pull off some fine guitar wizardry, making the overall musicianship of the band rather exceptional.

The use of keyboards clutter up some songs toward the latter half of the disc just a bit. A bigger problem is in the form of ‘Je me Souviens,’ a melodic ballad sung in their native tongue. Even though there are some tremendous vocal harmonies, it comes off sounding like a bad, pompous, French BON JOVI tune that just doesn’t gel with the rest of the band’s heavier tracks. But the biggest sin the band commits is placing an annoying, intermittent piercing screech on ‘To Hell and Back,’ almost ruining an otherwise great power metal song. However, Thalion redeem themselves on the crushing, eight-plus minute finale, ‘The Valley of Damned.’ As a whole, the album is pretty darn catchy and enjoyable. Maybe I’m being too critical on some issues, but if Thalion can just weed out some of these weak elements and build upon its strengths, then the next album might be more of a solid effort all the way through.




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