BRUTUS SYNDROME CETI okładka M-ARTCETI is a legendary Polish Metal/Power Metal band formed in the late 1980’s. Line-up changes plagued the band in the early years, but they were revived of sorts in 2001 with the luring from a new record label. This is the band’s seventh full-length album, released in 2014, and contains ten tracks. “Fight to Kill” has a dirty, classic Metal riff and is fully rounded out with keyboards in the background. The vocals are soulful and mostly done in mid-range with just a tinge of raspy to give it an extra edge, though the two well-placed screams are pretty majestic. “Wizards of the Modern World” is faster still and with a lot of energy. The main riff sounds like something that IRON MAIDEN might have written back in their heyday. “Masters of Dull” is upbeat as well, perhaps coming in a little closer to the Power Metal side of the album, though the classic sound is still very much there. The chorus doesn’t take on much more presence than the verses, which really keeps the song coming straight at you, relentlessly. “The Evil and the Troy” by contrast has a deeper and extended chorus but just as much rambunctious energy as other tracks on the album. The guitar solo favors more harmony than straight up shredding which adds some character to the track, and the bass guitar solo is a unique offering as well. No good Classic Metal album would be complete with a slower song.
“Somethin’ More” fills that category nicely. It not only allows the singing to take the forefront of the album but it slows things down and allows you to take in the melodies a bit easier and with more emotion. “Second Sin” teases you with a softer, darker opening acoustic guitar riff but then plows forward full bore from there with an easy listening riff that leads to a gloomy sort of chorus that is heavy and powerful. “Sons of Brutus” is a very uplifting song that tells a conquering story through a really strong chorus and chord progressions that take on a regal quality. This might be the best song on the album and the melody really makes a lasting impression. “Run to Nowhere” closes the album with a fat bottom end and an oppressive, crunchy riff that lays overtop a steady bass guitar rhythm. The chanting in the chorus adds some depth to the song, which could be the darkest sound so far. Overall, the album walks a fine and pleasant line between Classic Heavy Metal and Power Metal. Something you can’t help detailing with this album as well is the freshness and honesty of the songwriting, which is impressive as far into the band’s career as they have progressed. Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8
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