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Release date: 27 March 2013
Style: Symphonic metal, Power metal, Progressive metal

Rating:

8.4 | 69 votes

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10 want it


01. I Am I
02. Templates For All
03. Wasted
04. Mass Media
05. Fugitive
06. Earth Is On Trial
07. No Place For The Old Men
08. Reflections
09. Access Denied

Review


Additional info
Russian language version ''Dostup Zakryt'' released on October 8, 2013.

Staff review by
psykometal

Rating:
N/A
The Russian Federation seems to be producing more and more good, quality metal of various types in the last half decade or so. At the moment I am more familiar with their brutal death scene but over the years I have run into several highly talented bands from Russia playing other genres: Tvangeste (symphonic black), Dominia (symphonic melodeath), Illidiance (industrial), and SunLess Rise (extreme power) to name a few. I'm thinking I need to delve more into their overall metal scene though rather than just the brutal scene.

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published 17.05.2013 | Comments (1)

Staff pick by
Fat & Sassy!

09.05.2013 Rock-solid, high-energy, synth-driven progressive power metal that doesn't fuck around. No heel-dragging ballads and the synthesizer doesn't sound like an afterthought, but is an integral part of the music? On a power metal album? Well, slap my ass and call me babycakes! Sign me up for another listen!

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Susan - 02.04.2013 at 05:31  
Rating: 8 Pretty sweet! Classic power metal with enough of the modern elements to be its own sound and not a throwback. High energy, too! I dig...
Fat & Sassy! - 09.04.2013 at 06:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Susan on 02.04.2013 at 05:31

Pretty sweet! Classic power metal with enough of the modern elements to be its own sound and not a throwback. High energy, too! I dig...


Me too!

If there is one thing that always bugs me about a lot of power metal, it's that the synth usually sounds tired and half-assed. >_> But this shit... man, it's front and center driving the song along with everything else, giving the music a bit of character for sure. These guys don't fuck around with that synthesizer, and I love it! ^-^
renai - 10.04.2013 at 03:17  
  Enjoy the album as well. In the interview, Nikita, the keyboardist state about his influence on '90 Eurodance music. Read their story about the band and the album. Here the link : http://metalharem.blogspot.com/2013/04/interview-with-nikita-merzlyakov-of.html
Rhiannon - 09.05.2013 at 17:52  
Rating: 7 Finally, power metal in staff picks! I will check this out, seems like something I would enjoy.
Fallen Ghost - 10.05.2013 at 13:59  
  The name sounds like a mix of Hammerfall and DragonForce, hah! Gotta check it out, even I'm really tired of powermetal
Bad English - 12.05.2013 at 17:54  
 
Written by Rhiannon on 09.05.2013 at 17:52

Finally, power metal in staff picks! I will check this out, seems like something I would enjoy.


in staff picks is only power metal and prog dhent and moder boring genres
trye and good metal is rarey at staff picks, like doom, black and old school heavy
Rhiannon - 12.05.2013 at 19:14  
Rating: 7
Written by Bad English on 12.05.2013 at 17:54

in staff picks is only power metal and prog dhent and moder boring genres
trye and good metal is rarey at staff picks, like doom, black and old school heavy


In the last weeks (or months) everytime I looked at the staff picks it was always some black, sludge or prog, never any power, symphonic or gothic.
psykometal - 12.05.2013 at 21:50  
  This album is fantastic!
Fat & Sassy! - 16.05.2013 at 02:38  
Rating: 9
Written by Rhiannon on 09.05.2013 at 17:52

Finally, power metal in staff picks! I will check this out, seems like something I would enjoy.


Indeed. I don't usually submit Staff picks, because I find myself digging up old albums and getting into them much more than listening to new releases. I listened to this album on their bandcamp out of pure curiosity. Discovering their band name, I was expecting something completely generic but was pleasantly surprised to be refreshed with this catchy and interesting listen. I hope you enjoyed the album! ^~^
Rhiannon - 16.05.2013 at 13:06  
Rating: 7
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 16.05.2013 at 02:38

Indeed. I don't usually submit Staff picks, because I find myself digging up old albums and getting into them much more than listening to new releases. I listened to this album on their bandcamp out of pure curiosity. Discovering their band name, I was expecting something completely generic but was pleasantly surprised to be refreshed with this catchy and interesting listen. I hope you enjoyed the album! ^~^


Well, when I first checked them out on Myspace I wasn't really impressed. Seeing the prog/power tag I was expecting something like Wuthering Heights (just with more synths), but it was completely different, and I didn't like the vocals at all. But later I checked the Bandcamp page and the songs there were much better, the vocals improved. So I realized their Myspace had older songs mostly
I need to listen the album more times to rate it, but yes, I enjoyed it so far
JÄY - 21.05.2013 at 23:23  
Rating: 9 Very unique!
psykometal - 10.10.2013 at 21:50  
  Just bumping this back up cuz it's a fantastic album that I have already reviewed and has already been Staff picked so no other way to bring attention to it again.
K†ulu - 10.10.2013 at 22:08  
 
Written by psykometal on 10.10.2013 at 21:50

Just bumping this back up cuz it's a fantastic album that I have already reviewed and has already been Staff picked so no other way to bring attention to it again.

It worked. Will check this out.
psykometal - 10.10.2013 at 22:19  
 
Written by K†ulu on 10.10.2013 at 22:08

It worked. Will check this out.

W00t!
NikitaMerzlyakov - 11.10.2013 at 02:40  
Rating: 10
Written by psykometal on 10.10.2013 at 21:50

Just bumping this back up cuz it's a fantastic album that I have already reviewed and has already been Staff picked so no other way to bring attention to it again.


Thanks for supporting us!!
phanto - 14.10.2013 at 11:25  
  Ranking your own album a 10 is like wearing your own band's t-shirt man

you just don't do it
psykometal - 14.10.2013 at 16:34  
 
Written by phanto on 14.10.2013 at 11:25

Ranking your own album a 10 is like wearing your own band's t-shirt man

you just don't do it

Lots of bands wear their own shirts, and come here and give their own albums 10s. It's called self-promotion, and there's nothing wrong with it. A band that doesn't self-promote might as well be shooting itself in the foot.
NikitaMerzlyakov - 14.10.2013 at 19:16  
Rating: 10
Written by phanto on 14.10.2013 at 11:25

Ranking your own album a 10 is like wearing your own band's t-shirt man

you just don't do it


Why not? I wear my t-shirt =) It is cool btw... And I love our albums! =)
That's just silly stereotype. It is your own choice what to do and what not to do. =)
NikitaMerzlyakov - 14.10.2013 at 19:32  
Rating: 10
Written by psykometal on 14.10.2013 at 16:34

It's called self-promotion, and there's nothing wrong with it. A band that doesn't self-promote might as well be shooting itself in the foot.

Yep! I was shooting myself in the foot for about 10 years. After I gave it up I finally have fans and even little bit of sales! =)
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2013 at 19:55  
 
Written by NikitaMerzlyakov on 14.10.2013 at 19:32

Written by psykometal on 14.10.2013 at 16:34

It's called self-promotion, and there's nothing wrong with it. A band that doesn't self-promote might as well be shooting itself in the foot.

Yep! I was shooting myself in the foot for about 10 years. After I gave it up I finally have fans and even little bit of sales! =)



totally right that you support your own band in those ways.

I remember when Metallica just started out as well as Slayer and all those sorts of bands, they frequently wore their own band shirts on and off stage. And especially when not playing themselves but attending gigs of other bands. That's one of the ways to get your name out there.
jesterhead57 - 16.10.2013 at 03:15  
Rating: 10 I feel like this album came out of nowhere and hit me in the face! And its been out since March! This is some of the most original stuff I've heard in years. I rate it a 9, but I'm giving it a 10. On repeat...
psykometal - 16.10.2013 at 03:49  
 
Written by jesterhead57 on 16.10.2013 at 03:15

I feel like this album came out of nowhere and hit me in the face! And its been out since March! This is some of the most original stuff I've heard in years. I rate it a 9, but I'm giving it a 10. On repeat...

That was my exact sentiment back in April, when I found it thanks to the Staff pick.
LeKiwi - 16.10.2013 at 18:52  
  Damn, you don't often find power metal with a bite this vicious!
PocketMetal - 17.10.2013 at 15:49  
  I like the music but the vocals are kinda off-putting.
jesterhead57 - 17.10.2013 at 20:07  
Rating: 10
Written by PocketMetal on 17.10.2013 at 15:49

I like the music but the vocals are kinda off-putting.


Haha, the vocals in the last track sound half crazy at times. I guess its fitting for the lyrics tho.
NikitaMerzlyakov - 17.10.2013 at 22:07  
Rating: 10
Written by PocketMetal on 17.10.2013 at 15:49

I like the music but the vocals are kinda off-putting.

And have you already checked out Russian version, hehe? =)
PocketMetal - 17.10.2013 at 23:10  
 
Written by NikitaMerzlyakov on 17.10.2013 at 22:07


And have you already checked out Russian version, hehe? =)


Why would I do that ?
NikitaMerzlyakov - 17.10.2013 at 23:31  
Rating: 10
Written by PocketMetal on 17.10.2013 at 23:10

Written by NikitaMerzlyakov on 17.10.2013 at 22:07


And have you already checked out Russian version, hehe? =)


Why would I do that ?


Another singer there... Who knows may be it would seem better for you... =)
psykometal - 18.10.2013 at 04:21  
  ^What he said.
NikitaMerzlyakov - 01.03.2014 at 11:13  
Rating: 10 Okay, Access Denied is #7 at Metal Storm Awards 2013 in Best Power Metal album. Not bad! (considering no promotion from label) ^_^
Thank you guys! \m/
psykometal - 01.03.2014 at 22:16  
 
Written by NikitaMerzlyakov on 01.03.2014 at 11:13

Okay, Access Denied is #7 at Metal Storm Awards 2013 in Best Power Metal album. Not bad! (considering no promotion from label) ^_^
Thank you guys! \m/

Should'a been nomer odin imo. :p
NikitaMerzlyakov - 02.03.2014 at 00:43  
Rating: 10
Written by psykometal on 01.03.2014 at 22:16

Should'a been nomer odin imo. :p


Next time for sure! \m/._.\m/
Fat & Sassy! - 03.05.2014 at 07:04  
Rating: 9
Written by NikitaMerzlyakov on 01.03.2014 at 11:13

Okay, Access Denied is #7 at Metal Storm Awards 2013 in Best Power Metal album. Not bad! (considering no promotion from label) ^_^
Thank you guys! \m/


Came back to this album recently... and I think I like it more. A stand-out album in a such an over-saturated genre thanks the impressive and dynamic use of synth (on top of the awesome performances of the other musicians). Keep it up guys! I can't wait for your next release! :3

*oh, and tracks 2, 4, and 6 are especially FUCKING KILLER* \m/

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