TAD MOROSE - ST. DEMONIUS
Review by Stefan
Bollnäs, Sweden based Power Metal house Tad Morose was founded in 1991 by axeman Christer ‘Krunt’ Andersson. Late 1993, TM made their official entrance into the world of Metal with the debut album “Leaving The Past Behind”, unleashed by Black Mark Production. It was an instant hit especially for those with a desire for good oiled underground Power Metal. “A Sender Of Thoughts” (1995) was next album in line and the end result was once again, real good. The fan base grew day by day whilst Tad Morose toured across Europe to share the stage with countrymen Memento Mori, Cemetary and Mogana Lefay. The band's collaboration with BM Production came to an end in 1997, shortly after the release of “A Mended Rhyme” featuring new singer Urban Breed. Absolutely great frontman who sang with a wide spectrum of high quality talent, he became an indispensable asset within the TM ranks but still, after the release of “Modus Vivendi” he decided the leave the band. In total, he lent his expertly voice up to four albums but there is a time to come and a time to go, Tad Morose’s chase for a new vocalist had to come, Urban’s replacer was none other than ex-Liege Lord/Annihilator/Overkill shouter Joe Comeau. Has Tad Morose ever recorded an album with him? I have serious doubt about that. A Long period of pure nothing came on, also Joe took his bags and stepped out of the ranks, again they had to find a deputy who finally was found by the name of Ronny Hemlin (ex-Steel Attack).
Original TM founder ‘Krunt’ and companions seemed to be resurrected, after a silence of 10 years Tad Morose announced the great news about their new and seventh full length effort entitled “Revenant” (2013), released by Swedish label Despotz Records. Throughout all the past years of existence, only founder/ guitar player Christ Andersson and drummer Peter Moren (active since 1994) remained faithful to his band, all the other guys called it quits. But do not despair at all, the new line up completed with bassist Tommi Karppanen (ex-Morgana Lefay) and former Torch guitarist Kenneth Jonsson is probably the best line-up they ever had since day one of establishing. “Revenant” was such a brilliant album, even the best Tad Morose album so far to me, I invite you to check out THIS page ! What a great singer and what a killing energy this effort had to offer. One by one, the players were heard as top notch, over the top skilled musicians. Anyone who desires the forces of Power Metal music with all his heart should retrieve this killer cut within his own music collection. At least and IMO, they are an undervalued band which deserves much more than what they got in return so far. Tad Morose is all about a world class Power Metal band to me !!
Twelve new songs be unleashed on my ears and I am blown away right from the very early moments. The high levels reached at their previous album “Revenant” is achieved without any difficulty, Tad Morose deliver another brilliant performance ! GREAT vocals in the vein of Sean Peck (Cage/Death Dealer), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath during the “Headless Cross” era), Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (ex-Winters Bane/Iced Earth/Judas Priest/…) and Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce/Ivanhoe/…) surrounded by a bunch of outstanding musicians skilled to the bone! The guitars sounds heavy and dark, still the solo’s come coddle my eardrums in a very elegant way, melodic ! The drum and bass lines are well matched to each other, across the entire new Tad Morose album “St. Demonius”, nothing can be found that irritates me at all… there is only space for high quality Metal music. Some heavy pounding, fast songs are alternate at appropriate times with mid-tempo/quite sluggish type of compositions. Across the entire runtime there is also room for joy by the grace of outstanding Power Metal. Available as digipack including a fantastic, dark cover artwork that reflects the overall musical concept of "St. Demonius" in a proper manner.
Has “St. Demonius” something to do with the nowadays Power Metal movement? I’d like to say No Way! IMO, Tad Morose doesn’t belong to the mainstream scene at all. These guys, coming from the high North, impresses me a lot partly due to multiple US Metal vibes showcasing through most of the songs, manufactured just perfectly. Everyone longing for headstrong/conceited Power Metal in the vein of early Cage/Sanctuary/Evergrey, Metal Church (“The Dark”), Winters Bane (“Heart Of A Killer”), Mogana Lefay, In Aevum Agere among others should order this mighty strong release on the double at: http://despotz.bigcartel.com/product/tad-morose-st-demonius-cd
Additional info at: https://www.facebook.com/tadmorose / http://www.tadmorose.se/ Tad Morose’s “St. Demonius” is, once again, an absolute contender to end up real high in my own 2015 Favourite Album Top 20 list !
My Points: 98 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish