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Strutterzine

KIUAS comes out of Finland, and are yet another sensational band from that country, which is been overloading us with many new young bands. KIUAS sounds a bit different than the usual STRATOVARIUS, NIGHTWISH and SONATA ARCTICA clones we hear, but is still playing Prog/Power Metal. The first song on the 3-track CD is definitely the strongest track. The song is called Warrior soul, a faster Power Metal track with a superb melodic catchy chorus (a la STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA, sorry cant help it!). What sets them apart from the other bands is the bands vocalist, who is able to change his voice from raw, clean to very rough (almost grunts) in a matter of seconds. I hope he will use the clean voice more in the future, as he proves he is at his best during the melodic parts.

Anyway, that first track is sounding incredibly HUGE, and should get them signed to one of the bigger labels soon. The next song Across the snows is clearly less interesting, as it also introduces some Black/Death grunts a lot of times, which is a pity, because that isnt necessary. The last track is the great midtempo melodic Prog Metal song Song for the fells. Concluded, the first song blows you away and is BIG TIME PROG/POWER Metal, more songs in that style on a full-length CD should make them one of the top acts to emerge from Finland, and a big thread for STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA, NIGHTWISH...

(Points: 8.0 out of 10)


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