ESTATE - FANTASIA (Target/Mighty Music Records)
Estate seems to be the new Russian power metal sensation that is an unstoppable force with a mission to bring back Heavy Metal to the venues. I don’t know if the record company refers to the Russian underground scene or the metal scene in general, but fact is, Estate have a few additional trump cards in hand, and that could cause a stir, be it in Russia or abroad!
The debut album of Estate is titled ‘Fantasia’, and this is a perfect description of what’s to come. The elements of fairy, folk, valor, heroism and traditions are well mixed in the 10 tracks that future this album. It’s a bundling of melodic power metal with traditional folk, 80s pop and 70s glam and the way they shake and mix all these influences and styles can be considered as adventurous joy!
‘Absolutely True’ could be a track from Guns ‘n Roses as the rock’n roll is present from the very first beginning and while Slash, sorry Aleksey Seleznev is preparing his gear, we hear an arrangement that seems to be a rollercoaster of emotions, influences and styles. The chorus lines have an Axl approach by Alexander Chumakov, while Gene and Paul from Kiss are lurking behind the curtains as well. This is pure fun and amusement and I’m sure that this track will do well on live occasions. ‘Holy Land’ has a electronic approach in the beginning, but when the vocals of Alexander drop in, we hear this song evolving into a very amusing and inflated track that will appeal to fans of pagan metal as well. The ‘Holy Land’ contains a positive vibe, which fits perfectly to the message that this song is carrying out. Total diverse is the next track ‘The War’ that is meaner, heavier and darker at the same time. Some songs have an acoustic start (‘Night Of Asura’) to guide us into the perfect atmosphere, while others prefer a direct approach by hitting the nail on the head from the very first second (‘Silent Dream’, ‘You Are Not Alone’).
Estate delivers music with a pagan metal approach, but without losing standard rock’n roll out of sight. This might be considered as original, and if we are honest, that’s rather unique nowadays!
My rating: 83 / 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