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Archaic Magazine

So far Kiuas from Finland has made two great albums, and this �The New Dark Age� is their third one: the title is promising! It took them a bit longer to come up with this one than the span between the previous releases. Maybe because they were busy on other things (we all have a pretty busy private life), maybe because they wanted to put some extra effort into this new one, as they always say a band�s third album is the most important of their career, or maybe they took some extra time just to change their musical course� Well, the album is here, so find out while reading the review.

Like so many other bands, the extremity from earlier work has �matured� away. Yes, you can see that I have put that between brackets, as critics might say that they have softened down their act. Fact is that the refreshing thrashing nature of for instance �The Spirit of Ukko� has been restricted to a few riffs (really scarce), and that this Kiuas has become more of a typical Finnish melodic power metal act. The listener-friendliness is perhaps best shown by the fact that this album entered the Finnish charts within the top 10: on the other hand, this album is not radio-suited for the entire world, as metal in the charts is in Finland as common as a riot around Dutch politician Wilders in Dutch parliament� As someone who likes it loud, I don�t know whether I personally am happy with the musical development. I kind of miss the refreshing wildness from earlier work, and there are so many good melodic Finnish power metal bands already.

Good musicians, well composed and executed songs and a sound production: the basis is there, yet somehow I find it hard to qualify this one as a great album, where as the true power metal fans might totally dig this new album. Old Kiuas fans might go a different direction from here on. I think that with this �The New Dark Age� Finland comes up once more with a good power metal album, but there are so damn many of them over there already (I once said �Finland is the land of a thousand lakes, and each lake has its own melodic power metal outfit�)� A typical good power metal release (including a female guest singer, like on the ballad �After The Storm�), nice to hear, but not impressive. Reading the album�s title and cover (the four horseman of the apocalypse) I had anticipated and hoped for a heavier, darker album.


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