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Minas Tirith


Progressive Metal

3.18 | 2 ratings

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3 stars Minas Tirith was the odd one out in the Norwegian metal/prog/music scene. They were very highly rated among musicians, but almost ignored by the music consumers. Everybody knows about them, but almost nobody have heard their music. Which is a big shame.

How do I describe Minas Tirith and this MCD ? I guess Radiohead is a good reference. Add Arcturus and VDGG too and we are in the ballpark. Minas Tiriths vocals is very special. It is both atonal and melodic at the same time. The excellent vocals are pretty much dominating this MCD. But the guitars, bass and drums are excellent too. No wonder why this band is so popular among other musicians. Based on ability, Minas Tirith was head and shoulders above the rest of the Norwegian scene at that time. The music can best be described as a blend of hymns and thrash metal. Less thrash than hymns and prog, I have to add. Tom Yorke would had been pretty comfy on the songs on this album. I would not be surprised if he is a fan of this band.

Besides of the hymn Heartbeat, the three other songs is a mix of thrash metal, hymns and eclectic prog. There is a lot of nice details in the songs. Even some jazz creeps in here. The music is brash, bold and fifteen years ahead of it's time. It would had been a pretty popular release it it was released today. Unfortunate; it is now a forgotten release very few have ever heard about. I think that is a shame because this is a very impressive release.

As far as I know, Minas Tirith is in hibernation now. The vocalist now sings in the genre defining doom metal band Funeral. All their albums (including this one) can be bought from their homepage.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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