IMMORTALS CD, Import
|価格:||￥ 1,654 対象商品¥ 2,000以上の注文で通常配送無料 詳細|
フルフィルメントby Amazon™というサービスを利用している出品者の商品になります。これらの商品は、Amazonフルフィルメントセンターにて保管・管理され、Amazon.co.jpが商品の梱包、出荷、返品などを代行しています。フルフィルメントby Amazonの商品は、Amazon.co.jp が販売している商品と同様に国内配送料無料(条件あり)やAmazonプライム®の対象になります。
出品者は、フルフィルメント by Amazonを利用することで、Amazonの経験と専門性を出品者のビジネスに活用することができます。 プログラムに関する詳細
Having listened to them all multiple times, I think I can say that I've certainly given them all a chance to "grow on me," as many artists songs tend to do after multiple listens, even if we initially don't like them, but, this hasn't happened with the rest of the songs for me. Maybe I need to listen to them all several more times but, historically, it's not been necessary to go this long to form what will be THE lasting opinion.
So, how does the sound of this album compare to past albums' sounds? If you're a fan from the early days (Between Heaven and Hell, Burning Earth) like I am, you'll probably be a bit disappointed. Those early albums featured a ton of fast, creative melodic sounds that blended superbly well together. These days, particularly with this album and the last, the songs seem to merge together, all sounding very similar, less melodic, and just more "shreddy" for the sake of needing a fast solo sweeping up and down the neck. It's just not creative, or interesting.
Now, this is not a bash on Gus G, this guy is incredible at what he does. Sadly I've only had the honor of seeing him live (with Firewind) once, many years ago with Apollo, but he was absolutely flawless. Very rarely do you get to witness a guitar player whip out the sounds and pinch harmonics with the speed and precision that he does, all while headbanging. If you love guitar, and metal, it's impressive to witness. Gus G truly is a god, with the guitar simply being an extension of his own body - he is, seemingly, in complete control at all times. I have tremendous respect for him and he is, in my opinion, easily one of the top 10 guitarists in the world.
With that said, this is simply not his best work. The sound here is more about fast palm-muted rhythms and shredding for the sake of shredding than it is about actually having a sound that blends well from one part to the next. The vocals from Henning Basse are okay but, I'm not a fan. Firewind has done well with their vocalist replacements over the years, in terms of getting someone who sounds nearly exactly like the previous vocalist(s), however, Henning just can't project his voice very well. It's like his voice projects, at all times, at the level where you're nearly out of breath and struggling to force out that last bit of air from your lungs to finish a note. It sounds like he's constantly singing with only that last bit of air...
Overall, I love Firewind, but I only truly love 2 songs on this album, which is pretty disappointing. I look forward to future releases though (and maybe even a U.S. tour? It's been too long, please!!) and will continue to support one of my favorite guitarists.