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Sturm Und Drang - 2012 Graduation Day

ARTIST: Sturm Und Drang
ALBUM: Graduation Day
LABEL: Helsinki Music Company/ Warners Finland
SERIAL: 5053105389728
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Andre Linman - vocals, guitars * Jani Kuoppamaa - guitars * Jeppe Welroos - keyboards * Joel Wendlin - bass * Calle Fahllund - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Your Love Is For Sale * 02 Dark Little Angel Of Mine * 03 Molly The Murderer * 04 Lucky * 05 Hammer To Fall * 06 Goddamn Liar * 07 Fatherland * 08 I Hurt Myself * 09 Party Like A Rockstar * 10 Light Years Apart



A Finnish band previously featured here at GD, with the association of Andreas Linman going back to 90's AORster Thomas Linman - his dad. He of that fantastic one-off 1992 CD 'Heaven Calls'. For those that have been following this band since their schoolboy days some 5 years ago, Sturm Und Drang have developed from teenage power metallers into something more substantial and mature. Oh sure, those wicked sounding metal riffs are there, but the songs and arrangements have all but wiped the Clearasil off the faces of these young pups, replaced by sharp Gillette blades and masculine after-shave. No more 'storm and stress' for these likely lads. 'Graduation Day' features a bunch of tracks that played well across all my listening devices lately, so time to lay it on the line and offload my thoughts into my Galaxy Note 2 stylus And Samsung writing app.

The Songs
SUD immediately launch into tough ferrite laden riffs for 'Your Love Is For Sale'; with a hint of orchestral backing, adding a strong underbelly of bass which holds it together. Great start!

'Dark Little Angel Of Mine' as per the song-title creates dark imagery and fast auditory impulses. SUD keep everything melodic, in much the same way that Swedes Amaranthe do.

'Molly The Murderer' is the band's first single from the CD; you'll probably recall seeing the video on our main page for a few weeks. A power-ballad of sorts, it sweeps across like an artists paintbrush upon the soundscape.

Coarse guitars and modern keyboards join forces to create a bit of havoc on the excellent 'Lucky'. It turns into an anthem mid-stream with Andreas Linman belting out some rockstar approved vocals!

One of the shorter pieces here, 'Hammer To Fall' offsets the time-challenge with a heavy intense dosage for maximum impact. It's as furious and powerful as the song-title would suggest.

Probably the most interesting track is the excellent and different 'Goddamn Liar'. Many modern themes intersperse, sparkly keyboards, poppy and catchy choruses.. it's all here and all very likeable.

Next up, 'Fatherland' is the power metal anthem of the album, churning out industrial heavy passages like a robotic assembly line. One of my fave tunes on the album I think.

'I Hurt Myself' is a drama-soaked power-ballad, intense lead-like intensity and a killer chorus that draws you in like moth to a flame. Again, Liman excels on the lead vocal.

'Party Like A Rockstar' is the fun-filled anthem for all to enjoy. It's not lightweight as one might expect; check out those crackling guitar parts on the intro, and the booming rhythm section. Cool track!

Some interesting Saga like percussion and effects precede 'Light Years Apart'. The song builds slowly with prog like precision. By the half-way section, things get really exciting and pumped up, the shackles let loose finally, with SUD coming down the outside of the track with a sprint-finish to get up on the line with its nose just in front!

In Summary
It's really interesting to see what reactions that band have created on the Net. Because of their age, SUD are accused of being nothing more than pop/rock fit for Eurovision duty, and that their music should be written off as only appealing to the 15-19 year old market. Now that's kinda dopey really. Don't be put off by childish behaviour written on You Tube, blogs or review site comments.. Sturm Und Drang mean business, and all the while, they are making a good career move straight outta high school, and coin to boot. No wonder there are some jealous types out there! In the meantime, track this down for a good dose of melodic metal if you know what's good for you.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 24 2012 07:08:36
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