Whispered - Thousand Swords


8.2 | 114 votes |
Release date: February 2010
Style: Extreme power metal

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01. Intro - Hajimari
02. Thousand Swords
03. Faceless
04. Of Honor
05. Dead Cold Inside
06. Fear Never Within
07. Blindfold
08. Wrath Of Heaven
09. Blade In The Snow

Additional info
Label: Redhouse FMP

All songs and lyrics by Jouni Valjakka and Perttu Wänskä.
Produced, recorded and edited by Perttu Wänskä.
Additional recordings and editing by Matias Kupiainen and Mikael Grönroos.
Engineered by Matias Kupiainen.
Additional engineering by Perttu Wänskä and Paavo Kurkela.
Mixed in September 2009 at Hip Studios by Teropekka Virtanen with Perttu Wänskä.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers.
Cover art by TOK.

Guest review by
AngelofDeth
Rating:
8.5
When describing this band to a fellow metalhead friend, I once said "Imagine if Norther f*cked a Japanese version of Turisas, Whispered would be their bastard baby."

To this day I stand behind that statement as Whispered harnesses the basic framework of Finnish extreme power metal and takes it to Japan, to be re-worked and built into a fanciful Samurai Temple filled with traditional Japanese instruments, choirs and cheesy keyboards. In other words Whispered's debut album, Thousand Swords features an interesting blend of extreme power metal with folk and symphonic elements, of Japanese theme. It can be quite cheesy but it is also something very unique and epic.

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published 06.04.2012 | Comments (4)

27.04.2010
So, you think Extreme Power metal (CoB, Norther and the likes) has been running out of steam and has nothing new to offer? Try this debut album of Whispered, a Finnish band who decided to bring samurai legends and traditional Japanese instruments to the tired genre. Sounds gimmicky, but the blend works perfectly and is surprisingly effective in its epic scale.

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17.04.2010 - 20:34
Rating: 7
FeskarN
Solid debut album. But the vocals are kind of annoying and weak. On the demo's the vocals were much better. The best songs imo: "Fear Never Within", "Blindfold","Wrath Of Heaven" and the epic song over 15 min long, "Blade In The Snow".
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25.04.2010 - 19:32
Torgo
Written by FeskarN on 17.04.2010 at 20:34

Solid debut album. But the vocals are kind of annoying and weak.


ja i agree on the vocals.. I LOVE the music!! but the vocals are killing it some.. well maybe it will grow on me!
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26.04.2010 - 03:07
Rating: 10
warrior_of_ice
Vocals are similar to that of Syu's in his works aside from Galneryus
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26.04.2010 - 04:16
Rating: 10
patrickmetal12
Written by Torgo on 25.04.2010 at 19:32

Written by FeskarN on 17.04.2010 at 20:34

Solid debut album. But the vocals are kind of annoying and weak.


ja i agree on the vocals.. I LOVE the music!! but the vocals are killing it some.. well maybe it will grow on me!

I have been listening to this band for over 2 years. I can assure you this album kicks ass!
thir music is as heavy, melodic, and melancholic as it can get.!
When i listened to this album for the 1st time i was like... oh now, they F'd up... cus the guitars were too quiet and thew vocals too strong (not weak like you guys are suggesting)
But my oppinion changed when i started listening to their music as a whole, not as individual instruments.
Check out their demo: Wrath Of Heaven. guitars way more prominent.
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27.04.2010 - 20:33
Rating: 9
Janne
Hugin
Interesting.. it worths a download and we'll see
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28.04.2010 - 07:08
Rating: 8
Wes
Vocals are terrible so far. It's sad that a band can go so far and do so well only to miss one important aspect and totally blow it. But I won't talk much yet : )
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29.04.2010 - 03:34
Rating: 6
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Ja... i agree the vocals is the weakest department in this album. Otherwise, the compositions are kinda interesting. At least they try to be different, but I much prefer Persefone's Shin Ken from last year, also a Samurai themed album. For some reason, I also get the feeling that I'm listening to video game music...?
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10.05.2010 - 00:50
Rating: 9
Janne
Hugin
Wow, newcomer of the year so far!!
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10.05.2010 - 16:30
Rating: 9
Piratepinoy
Kamelotian
Miss the sounds that was in the demos, but still a solid album Best newcomer this year!
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02.06.2010 - 09:36
Rating: 8
Uller
Maybe i'll give them an 8 or 9 if i had not listened to their demo before this album, the vocals are a little bit weak in comparison with their demo. But the real reason of me ranking it with 7 (good) is because they loose their japanese folk stile, in their demo was really strong, in TS is almost no there (it has more things, like choirs and that, but not always fits with the japanese folk i.e. Dead cold inside, i think they put to much in the song, which sometimes sounds more symphonic than folk.)
Keyboards also were better in their demo, the new ones sound like old 80's keyboards.

But don't get me wrong, I really love this band, they are full with potential. This debut album is awesome, japanese folk elements are something really innovative and I like that.
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26.07.2010 - 21:13
Rating: 8
qlacs
"The Quaker"
I don't think the growls are ruining the album, just different from many thing we've heard. I also can't really get the japanese style, on Persefone's Shin-Ken it was different too. But anyway, good debut.
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22.09.2010 - 07:13
Rating: 8
fade
I am the fade!
For a debut these guys nailed it. I think people are being a little harsh on them just get used to the vocals because the music is near perfect and I think the vocals improve throughout the album. It is after all just a debut and they are allowed some leeway! One of my favs of the year!

Fav song would have to be Dead Cold Inside.
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01.10.2010 - 05:35
Lovecraft
Account deleted
Nice debut. I like the Japanese influence.
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11.11.2010 - 14:24
Rating: 8
Yugosaki
Very nice debut... have a potential
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02.02.2011 - 15:55
Vikcen
Metálico
Written by patrickmetal12 on 26.04.2010 at 04:16

cus the guitars were too quiet and thew vocals too strong


Yes, exactly this way it is. And this is my problem with this album precisely. Plus multitude of instruments in the background. And you get a strange sound as result, mixed like a potpourri =) (all this reminds me to the album "A Night At The Opera" by Blind Guardian, but with better result) But, well, it is a debut album very daring that shows great potential in these people in the next records. I would not say that it is a bad album, not, but it could be better... By the way also i say that it is music very original in my opinion.

Anyway i will continue listening, can be that i need more listenings.
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06.02.2011 - 13:02
Rating: 6
ruffio
This could have been a 9/10 album with the right vocalist.
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08.04.2011 - 00:24
Rating: 9
Metalbound7
Vocals are not bad, but they sound to similar to Alexi Laiho. The album is great, but with the right vocalist it could be perfect.
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15.07.2013 - 12:21
Rating: 10
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
Masterpiece!
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30.09.2013 - 22:19
Guib
Thrash Talker
Written by Wes on 28.04.2010 at 07:08

Vocals are terrible so far. It's sad that a band can go so far and do so well only to miss one important aspect and totally blow it. But I won't talk much yet : )


You give a 3 only because you don't like the vocals lol ? Really... Cuz in terms of music, this album kicks major asses.

I see so many bad ratings.. just cuz of vocals lol.. wtf are you guys on ? you don't judge a whole album only based
on vocals lol. If it would always be so.. there would be no such thing called Metal.
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02.10.2013 - 14:46
Rating: 8
Wes
Written by Guib on 30.09.2013 at 22:19

Written by Wes on 28.04.2010 at 07:08

Vocals are terrible so far. It's sad that a band can go so far and do so well only to miss one important aspect and totally blow it. But I won't talk much yet : )


You give a 3 only because you don't like the vocals lol ? Really... Cuz in terms of music, this album kicks major asses.

I see so many bad ratings.. just cuz of vocals lol.. wtf are you guys on ? you don't judge a whole album only based
on vocals lol. If it would always be so.. there would be no such thing called Metal.


Thanks for digging up my old quote and rating. I didn't mean to leave such a bad rating sitting here. It was from quite a while ago. I usually don't rate that low not sure what got into me. To be fair I'll listen to it once more.
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11.01.2014 - 15:13
Rating: 6
MetalAce
The Eternal
Vocal sounds awful. Just like a fvcked up grandpa
But I like the melody and guitars.
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19.01.2014 - 09:31
Rating: 5
Zaph
The Nothingth
Here's what happens every goddamn time:
"Hmm, maybe I should listen to Whispered again, I think I actually liked their music, surely the vocals couldn't have been that bad to ruin the whole experience..."
*Listens to random song*
*REALLY digs it*
*Vocals kick in*
*Turns it off*
Fuck this album. I hate it, but I want to love it. The vocals seem to have improved on the new one, but the songs released so far don't sound as good musically...
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20.01.2014 - 04:48
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Zaph on 19.01.2014 at 09:31

Here's what happens every goddamn time:
"Hmm, maybe I should listen to Whispered again, I think I actually liked their music, surely the vocals couldn't have been that bad to ruin the whole experience..."
*Listens to random song*
*REALLY digs it*
*Vocals kick in*
*Turns it off*
Fuck this album. I hate it, but I want to love it. The vocals seem to have improved on the new one, but the songs released so far don't sound as good musically...

You have put all my feelings into words, sir
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26.06.2014 - 00:49
Rating: 6
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
My issue isn't with the vocals, it's with the generic chugging and cheesy melodies, both of which could have been written by any band. The only unique aspect is the oriental influence.
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