|Mehida – ‘The Eminent Storm’ (Bullroser Records)|
|Written by David Whistance|
|Friday, 26 March 2010 07:00|
Following on from the band's acclaimed debut album 'Blood And Water' released back in 2007, Finland's Mehida return with their second offering 'The Eminent Storm.'
If you want your metal to be heavy, your guitars to be shredding whilst your balls are pinned to the wall, with riotous choruses aplenty then I suggest you check out Raven's new album 'Walk Through Fire', as this latest album from melodic metallers, Mehida (and I use that metal term loosely) is about as heavy metal as the new John Barrowman album, and quite possibly just as excruciating on the old ear drums.
Never has the term "don't judge a book by its cover" been so apt, as the band's sleeve photo, displays six long haired Metal Warriors stood in a cold winter forest, a malevolent look painted across their faces. So what I would expect to be listening to after witnessing such a display of manliness is blood-curdling, ear shattering heavy metal not the sugary-coated offerings that make up 'The Eminent Storm'.
After listening to the album I find it hard to believe that the band in question features former members of Sonata Arctica and the legendary Candlemass.
Opening number 'Wrath Of Flesh Fellowship' opens with a harpsichord leading into a mighty metal scream from vocalist Thomas Vikstrom that leads into a fairly decent enough melodic metal number, the only trouble being, like most things in life, is this album has peaked far too early.
Never has a song title been so fitting as 'Masquerade' and, as most of you know, I myself have been known to crave the odd AOR ballad or two in my lifetime, perfectly witnessed at a recent Europe concert as I belted out 'Carrie' on route to the gents, but even the AOR inspired number 'Dream Giver' is too sugary sweet for my pallet.
By the time I have reached the number 'Block Of Wood' I feel myself reaching for the aforementioned item, to put myself out of my insipid nightmare and smash my bloody speakers.
My main problem with Mehida and 'The Eminent Storm' is using the term 'Metal' to describe this because this just isn't metal; it is sugar coated melodic rock, and sadly far too lightweight for my finely tuned eardrums.
'The Eminent Storm' then is far less of a tempest, and more like a light drizzle that after a while leaves you soaked through feeling aggrieved and desperately wishing it would stop.