Mortal Mind Creation
Exactly how I like my Power Metal
Anyone who knows me would be aware of my general disdain for Power Metal. In fact in a lot of cases Chinese water torture or the old bamboo shoots under the fingernails would be preferable to an evening listening to this genre, but once in a while the odd band will come along that will completely take me by surprise and Celesty are one such band.
I have read several reviews for Celesty's latest disc, Mortal Mind Creation, that have been less than favourable but after having listened to the album several times I can't quite see where all the negativity is coming from. True, I am not well versed in all things Power Metal so there may be some unspoken code that I am unaware of, but from where I'm standing this is an example of Power Metal done well.
A standout characteristic of Mortal Mind Creation is its diverse sense of melody which is played out through catchy and powerful hooks and choruses. Every song has been carefully crafted to lead into these hooks and choruses effortlessly. It may be somewhat formulaic but ultimately this isn't really important because the structure works so well.
Vocalist Antti Railio has copped a bit of flack for his performance on this album which to an extent is warranted. His high range is somewhat limited but his low to mid range is excellent and his interplay with the often choral backing vocals is superb and makes up for any lack of high range. In truth he only really falters when trying to reach for some of his high notes which do quite often fall a little short of the mark but the results certainly aren't as disastrous as is suggested.
The music on Mortal Mind Creation is a lot heavier than I would have expected for a Power Metal album. In fact it has quite a bit of thrash influence thrown in which is a welcome departure from the too often cheesy sounds of the genre. There are plenty of big chords and healthy doses of double kick thrown in for good measure.
Adding a depth to the sound are the keyboards which are quite densely layered and do sometimes verge on being a little too thick in places, though they do compliment the music more than they detract from it and are responsible for a large part of the atmosphere present on the album.
Also worthy of note is that unlike many others in the genre, the guitars don't really attempt to steal the show by chucking in superfluous solos or the like. They are quite content to share the stage with the rest of the instruments and the music benefits greatly as a result.
For whatever reason, it may well be that Power Metal purists may not like what they hear on Mortal Mind Creation but I think that those of us who are either casual listeners or are generally put off by the genre will find a lot to like with this album.
More from Celesty
- Vendetta [review]