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Hadean - Parasite 4/5

Reviewed: 4-1-11


1. Damnation
2. Earth
3. Proclamation (Clouds)
4. The weeping willow
5. The prophecy (Of our perdition)
6. Perseverance (Jerusalem pt.1)
7. Deception
8. Lethe
9. Melancholia stream
10. Burning Eden

This is an interesting debut, and I like it a lot. Out of Germany, Hadean's 'Parasite' offers up a wide variety of musical styles - combining dark/gothic metal similar to Sentenced, traditional/heavy metal recalling early Iced Earth, and there are also some slow/classical parts (with viola, flute, violin, cello, piano, etc.) sometimes reminding me of Apocalyptica. In addition, the use of a keyboard is absent, so for those who feel like they need a break from the many keyboard-dominating heavy/power metal bands of this age, this debut might be perfect for you.

One thing I want to mention right away is that the guitar work on this CD is truly comparable to what's heard on the early/best CDs from Iced Earth. In fact, I regularly think of Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth's main guitarist) throughout this CD, and it's always in a positive manner. The guitar work is extra-catchy, powerful, and full of killer hooks. The Iced Earth reference doesn't stop there however, as vocalist Michael Haas has a fairly low voice not unlike Matt Barlow (Iced Earth's vocalist for a number of years), or think of Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce) as well. The dark feel of the CD is what brings in the similarity to Sentenced, and just like Sentenced did throughout much of their career, Hadean provides skilled songwriting and a great tempo variety that therefore keeps the CD from being boring.

The classical parts help set this CD apart from many others however, as the band successfully incorporates these segments into the CD without overdoing them. Actually, these slower parts build up anticipation for the next catchy and powerfully heavy song, really creating a number of killer hooks. This is a consistently strong CD too - without even one weak song, and it has a very powerful finish, as the tremendous closer "Burning Eden" (which is both extra-slow and extra-powerful) leaves a lasting impression.

This is one of those CDs that I urge everyone to check out, because if it hits you like it has hit me, it could easily become one of the most refreshing CDs you've heard in a long time. For those who miss the early years of Iced Earth or the now defunct Sentenced especially, this is highly recommended.




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