featured a pair of former members of
who released an album in 2002 before something caused
a breakup, with that band's guitarist carrying on
with a new lineup.
The ex-Winterlong guys hooked up with a promising new
guitarist, named themselves Viperine, and became the
first signing of Metal Rules Records, the new label formed
by the guys in charge of the respected Metal-Rules.com
website, with their debut album, The Predator Awakens
released in 2004.
Metal Rules (the magazine) frequently champions true metal
bands, and so this signing isn't much of a surprise, as
speedy Euro power metal is the order of the day, with
the occasional nod to recent
in places (though, to these ears, not as much as others
seem to think) along with the usual influences.
Some of the Manowar comparisons might be due to
vocalist Hussni Mörsare, who does at times sound like a
more throaty, less powerful version of Eric Adams.
At times his vocals fit well (particularly given the abundance
of high-pitched, overly melodic vocalists in the genre),
though at times his voice is a bit strained.
Guitarist Payre Kankanranta was a find, a flashy virtuoso in
the making, though he left the band some time after the recording
of the album.
In general, this is pretty typical stuff, with not a lot of surprises
but certainly performing speedy power metal well.
This band isn't quite the saviour of power metal as some reviews
seem to imply, but Predator
is an above-average offering.
Unfortunately the band never recorded again, and for that matter
Metal Rules (the label) never put out another album either.
The Predator Awakens
Reviews: Brave Words
- Like a Viper
- No Longer Kinsmen
- Fire, Wind and Rain
- Pure Evil
- Prelude to the Hunter
- I am the Hunter
- Hussni Mörsare
- Pär Kankanranta
- Erik Tornberg
- Mathias Lind