Label: No Remorse Records
Without considering myself a master of the bgenre, I guess that someone must be deaf not to hear the quality and the talent standing out in this release. The sound is strong and solid due to the producer Thimios Krikos, (Devasoundz Studios) that managed to make this album sound both fresh and raw. The instruments are easily distinguished and the compositions can breathe out. Paladine created one of the most decent heavy/power albums of the year 2017 (sorry for the delay, as the album came out several months earlier). Having recruited musicians from really nice bands such as The Silent Rage and Desert Near The End, the band managed to make a great team and as a consequence, to create a decent album, for a genre that has been slowly dying. The cover artwork which kinda spoils the index of the album is more beautiful than cliché, the lyrics are “Dungeons and Dragons” inspired for real, while the Athenians’ influences are easy to guess, however well-filtered; Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Battleroar, Paragon, Iron Saviour, Innerwish and Marauder. If there was some more Germanish vocals, I could have easily mentioned Heaven’s Gate as well, but there are some spices here and there whatsoever. Nikos Protonotariou’s vocals (who is also responsible for the lead guitar parts) and the solid, reinforced rhythm section, stand out as a punch, making a tremendous momentum. I think that within the years, epicness will prevail a lot more in their releases, without suggesting that this element is missing from ‘Finding Solace’. However, time will only be beneficial. I enjoyed more “Master Of Present and Past”, “The Inn Of The Last Home”, “Paladine” and “Midnight Sky”.