Rating:
10
Twilightning - Delirium Veil
2003


01. Gone To The Wall
02. At The Forge
03. Jester Realm
04. Delirium Veil
05. Return To Innocence
06. Under Somber Skies
07. Seventh Dawn
08. Enslaved To The Mind
09. Masked Ball Dalliance
10. The Escapist [Japanese bonus]
11. Affection Seeker [Japanese bonus]


I started to listen to metal music four years ago and Sonata Arctica was my favorite band. Then I discovered Twilightning in a music magazine and that marked my musical taste forever. Yes, this band made me realize how simple the majority of power metal bands sound. I'll tell you why.

Although this Finnish combo has been categorized as a power metal band, they have a lot of elements from 80's rock, heavy metal and even progressive metal in their music. Ok, maybe now you are thinking about other bands that play in a similar way but, believe me, their playing is really amazing considering that this is their debut album. Don't pass up this album because of the unfortunate cover, too cliché in my opinion and not representative of what you will find.

First of all, the main thing that makes me love this album is that all the songs are catchy as hell, but at the same time, guitar playing is superb and not just full of random fast solos nonsense like many other bands. Tommi Sartanen and Ville Wallenius form a great duet and their influences from rock bands like Guns N' Roses are evident. Then we have Mikko Naukkarinen as the keyboardist... this guy is almost half a band. He is especially skilled giving an special atmosphere to every song. It is said that Tangerine Dream is another influence on the band, and yes, I think I understand why. He is also good playing solos as well, just listen to him on Masked Ball Dalliance, in a great talented battle against guitar.

And what about the vocals? Heikki Pöyhiä is the perfect singer for this band. He has an amazing voice, very versatile and able to reach the most high-pitched notes! But it is not just the typical one with clean vocals, he knows to put an aggressive sound to his voice when it is needed.

This album is varied, with fast songs and also mid-tempo melodies, full of talent from every member of the band and enjoyable to listen from the first track to the latest one. The more you listen to it, the more you will appreciate it.

There are only three albums in my life that deserves a 10, and Delirium Veil is one of them.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Band profile: Twilightning
Album: Delirium Veil


 


written by Escapist | 18.12.2008


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Staff review by
Undercraft

Rating:
8.5
I have to admit it, my favorite metal bands come from Finland, what's the deal with that country? Everybody was born with a musical instrument in their hands? The range and variety of musical styles is impressive! But Finland is more know by their Gothic Metal bands than their Power Metal bands, with the exceptions Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica, some of the BIG names in power metal these days.

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