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Lords of Metal
A year after the release of their debut album 'The Spirit Of Jukko' the Finnish Kiuas releases their second long player 'Reformation'. This band has its roots in traditional heavy metal but also uses influences from more extreme metal styles. Especially because of the fast guitar riffs and keyboards the bands sounds like their fellow countrymen Children Of Bodom in some parts.
Although the technical music of this band is more or less accessible, it's not going to be to everybody's cup of tea. I can imagine that the many changes in the tempo will get on your nerves sooner or later. Personally I don't really like this kind of technical music and even after a few listens they don't manage to grab my attention. Besides that, the voice of singer Ilja Jalkanen is of the "love it or hate it" kind. Although his voice is not really my taste, I can enjoy the vocal lines in songs like 'Race With The Falcons' and 'Of Ancient Wounds'. I can also enjoy the musical aspect of this band (especially in the faster passages), but generally speaking, this kind of music is not really meant for me. But well, that's a matter of personal taste. The positive point about Kuias is that the music can't be compared directly to anything else and the band has created their own sound. Also the fact remains that 'Reformation' is a good album, which will surely appeal to fans of technical, versatile metal.