Yuhkinen - Far beyond the seven seas 3.5/5
2. Far beyond the seven seas
4. Mourning star
8. The spirits of dark and lonely water
9. Bump and grind
10. Triumph & glory
Yuhkinen is a side-project of Yuhki, keyboardist of the long-running and consistently excellent Japanese neo-classical power metal band Galneryus, and 'Far beyond the seven seas' is the band's debut. There's no doubt that it emanates a lot of experience, as not only has Yuhki established himself as an outstanding musician, there are also a lot of guest musicians from bands like Alhambra, Ark Storm, Light Bringer and some others. So there are different vocalists - all solid, and the songs are sung in English, which isn't always the case with Japanese bands.
Musically, the CD contains a nice balance of tempo, and while mostly power metal, there are many progressive parts and overall the styles are blended quite well. Obviously there are a lot of keys, but there is plenty of great guitar work too. Actually, 6 of the 11 songs are instrumentals, and I'm not talking short interludes, but instead regular song-length instrumentals with fantastic solos - both keyboard and guitar. In addition, a good portion of the CD has amazing neo-classical segments, which is normal from a Japanese band like this.
For general band comparisons, Yuhkinen sits somewhere in the group containing Concerto Moon, Galneryus, Black Masquerade, Double Dealer, Rekion and Ark Storm. Since I'm a regular listener of Japanese power metal, I'm liking this a lot, and it matches the quality of most of the CDs from these mentioned bands, though it doesn't quite reach the best Galneryus CDs. Still, if you're a fan of Japanese neo-classical progressive/power metal, this is more than just a worthwhile purchase.
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