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Requiem (Finland) - 2002 The Arrival


REQUIEM - THE ARRIVAL (2002, SOUND RIOT RECORDS)
Jouni Nikula - vocals
Teemu Hanninen - guitars
Arto Raisala - guitars
Henrik Klingenberg - keyboards
Pasi Kauppinen - bass
Jari Huttunen - drums


Background
Requiem originate from Finland, now becoming a recognised stronghold of melodic and power metal. We've featured them previously on this site, but now thanks to the good folks at Sound Riot in Portugal, we've got the 'real deal' to listen to. Already with the likes of Stratovarius, Sonata Artica, Kimberly Goss' Sinergy and Nightwish at the cutting edge of the Finnish wave of power metal, the next generation of bands are lining up like six-pins and fans all round the world are sitting up and taking notice. Requiem specialise in what they call 'symphonic metal'. Sure, there are some classical threads throughout but in the main, it's full throttle, with power and speed to boot. The Vikings have never had it so good! Formed in 1999, Requiem started out as a melodic death/power metal unit. However, as time went on, they took a more technical and fantasy oriented direction. This was obviously the right move, as the band have forged ahead in leaps and bounds since their two earlier efforts 'Gods Of War' (1999) and 'Into The Night' (2000) were released.

The Songs
Kicking off with the short intro 'Arrival', we are then transported into the realms of Requiem's universe via the crushingly heavy 'Requiem'. A mixture of lead and helium - vis a vis the guitars and the vocals! The symphonic grace of 'Broken Alliance' combines with the galloping grind of the bands twin guitar attack. 'Whispers' sees Nikula move his vocals into Geoff Tate (Queensryche) territory, though the guitars and drums still churn away relentlessly. The keyboard solo through the middle is like an 18th century harpsichord piece! The tempo lifts a notch or two on 'The Invisible Touch'. How does Jari keep up the pace? The mellow intro on 'Forgotten Path' suggests the band are bought back down to earth for once, with it's mid-tempo and generally melodic flow. Their high-end technical approach is visible on 'Halls Of Eternity'. Loads of neat time changes and interesting patterns. More of a straight-out hard rocker is 'Liquid Hours', like Vicious Rumors for instance. The last track 'Masquerade' has a grandiose feel to it. Part ballad and part opera, it finishes the album off impressively.

In Summary
Requiem certainly have a lot going for them, and they should prove to be popular with melodic metal fans the world over. Gotta love the cool artwork of the album by Jason Juta, sort of reminding me of Magnum's stuff. Very beautiful. Overall, 'The Arrival' is a well packaged album and the band are likely to make many new fans with this outstanding release.

URL: www.requiem.kpnet.com

Track Listing:
01 Arrival
02 Revival
03 Broken Alliance
04 Whispers
05 The Invisible Touch
06 Forgotten Path
07 Halls Of Eternity
08 Liquid Hours
09 Masquerade

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