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Burning Saviours

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Windhawk
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3 stars Nymphs & Weavers is the third release from this Swedish band.

And here they take the listener on a musical time travel 30 years back in time. With early Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull sounding like main influences, they fuse these influences together with other sounds and styles from the 70's; ranging from the symphonic hammond driven prog of early Eloy to the faster metal of Motorhead from the end of the decade.

A great album for anyone heavily into early 70's hard rock. The main negative aspects are limited vocals and a slightly lacking production; fans of early 70's hard rock won't find it any worse than some of the other stuff they like though.

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars If you have ever wanted to know how Sabbath would have sounded if they had started their career in the new millennium, this album might well be the answer. The similarities are (too) many.

The opening number is a great Sabbath song. OK, there is no Ozzy here, but the riff and the guitar solo could have come from the mind of maestro Iommi. Even if there is a popish interlude during Pondhillow's Finest, the band comes back with some doom metal while performing The Spellweaver. Vocals are quite weak and when you analyse the music, the band sounds not as powerful as his model.

Burning Saviours sounds as smooth version of Sabbath. Maybe not bad per se, but rather disturbing. One could have expected some more juice coming out of this band.

They even sound as Tull during the heavy-rock ballad Woodnymph. Peaceful and aerial vocals combined with heavy instrumental parts. Not too bad after all. What's for sure is that you won't fall asleep while Dreaming Of Pastries is being played. Some heavy punkish rhythms with a great Pyykko on the lead guitar. This is maybe cliché, but it is one of my fave.

The remaining songs are just a repetition of what can be heard previously. A Sabbath (the good Trinity)/ Tull combo (Hillside Mansion). The closing Exposed... is another fave of mine. A doomy start and middle part which are pleasantly interchanged with speedy riffs and beat. A very good heavy metal track (but be prepared that this album is more a metal album than a prog one).

This album is not essential of course. It is a fine moment of nostalgia and should be only considered as such. You have been warned that the music can't be considered as highly creative but I enjoyed it when I discovered it though. Three stars.

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