Genre: Heavy Metal
Within the first 30 seconds of The World. The Flesh. The Devil. you can’t help but be reminded of Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate. But the great thing about this album is that, overall, In Solitude don’t really sound like either band. The singer definitely sounds a lot like King Diamond in his lower register, but I think he manages to find his own voice. On the last album I wasn’t too impressed by his voice because he definitely sounded like he was holding back and wasn’t quite comfortable yet, but here he pushes himself a bit more, although I still feel he has more to offer. The dual guitar play is totally Maiden and Priest, but these guys come up with such memorable riffs and solos that they easily stand on their own as potentially the next great metal guitar duo. The songs are incredibly catchy and well written and even though they usually push the 6 or 7 minute mark, they never outstay their welcome. Highlights of the album are “Serpents are Rising” and “To Her Darkness”, both songs are built on simple yet infectious main riffs and the chorus for “Serpents” will get stuck in your head for a week after hearing it once. These guys were obviously born and bred on classic metal and their love for it shows. They have the potential to drop a few classics of their own on the metal world if they can hold it together long enough. Who knows, this album might even have that potential, only time will tell.
Buy it here.