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Brainstorm - 2005 Liquid Monster



ARTIST: Brainstorm
ALBUM: Liquid Monster
LABEL: Metal Blade
SERIAL: 3984-14526-2
YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Andy B. Franck - vocals * Torsten 'Todde' Ihlenfeld - guitars, vocals * Milan 'Mille' Loncaric - guitars, vocals * Andreas Mailunder - bass * Dieter Bernert - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Worlds Are Comin' Through * 02 Inside The Monster * 03 All Those Words * 04 Lifeline * 05 Invisible Enemy * 06 Heavenly * 07 Painside * 08 Despair To Drown * 09 Mask Of Life * 10 Even Higher * 11 Burns My Soul * 12 Before The Dawn (DVDA)

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.brainstorm-web.net


Background
Well, what a year it has been for Andy B. Franck. Not only has he added vocals to another blistering album from Brainstorm, but the new Symphorce album is a winner as well. As I've found with Tad Morose, Brainstorm become more melodic and catchier with each release. I was mighty impressed by their last outing 'Soul Temptation' but 'Liquid Monster' has exceeded my expectations.


The Songs
Though I did state that Brainstorm have increased the melody and harmonies, particularly in the choruses, there is no escaping the fact that these guys are still a fairly heavy outfit. The riffs on show are still bombastic, crisp and edgy without completely dominating the songs, which previous Brainstorm albums may have been guilty of. Andy's vocals seem higher in the mix, illuminating what a fine voice and range he possesses. Whether the band are going full pelt on the likes of 'Even Higher' and 'Inside The Monster', or taking a slightly more commercial path with the Pink Cream 69 sounding 'Painside' and brilliant 'All Those Words', Andy's vocals fit in perfectly. However, the show stopper is the albums only ballad 'Heaven'. Quite a special track with Kamelot overtones.


In Summary
If it seems I've paid a little too much attention to Andy's vocals in this review, no offense is intended to the rest of the guys, who have also done a stellar job. With each release Brainstorm keep stepping up a gear and a level in class. Not sure where they can improve but right now they've got such a monster of an album even King Kong wouldn't take it on.


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