23:41 - LeKiwi No no, I wasn't comparing the first two to the last two, I was only referring to the first two albums :)
23:38 - E.Mols86 When it comes to folk doom, Empyrium's first two albums are truly the cream of the crop. But strangely you do enjoy Uaral which is also up there with Empyrium but has those awful growls. :P
23:36 - E.Mols86 You honestly can NOT compare the first two albums with the last two albums. The style is too different for that to do so. But yeah, many people seem to prefer Songs of Moors and Misty Fields. I think both are brilliant.
23:34 - LeKiwi I played their debut and sophomore efforts back at home, and even my girlfriend noticed a massive improvement in Songs
23:30 - LeKiwi In all honesty, I thought their debut was a solid attempt, but the melodies were completely amateur. They played it really safe and there's nothing memorable, and I love my memorable melodies...it's what I live for :P Imo of cours
23:26 - E.Mols86 Actually Empyrium's first two albums are totally "symphonic folk doom"... it baffles me that some people actually call them black metal or something like that. In any case I've never seen them listed as symphonic which is baffling
23:24 - ANGEL REAPER you guys know shit.OSC have best debut ever :D
01. Modern Roman Circus 02. Just Be Yourself 03. No Chance To Be Reborn 04. Begging For Forgiveness 05. Wake Up 06. At The End Of The Journey 07. Ghosts From The Past 08. Still Alive 09. Flying 10. Inside Of Me 11. Dreams
Somewhere In The Circle may sound like a posthumous Dio album but Helker perform with a sound consistency on this release. The influence of the late Ronnie James in this Argentine band's sound is obvious and for this reason I find myself naturally enjoying what is a strong if unoriginal set of heavy metal numbers.
Their vocalist Diego Valdez clearly has no issue with the uncanny resemblance, but then who in their right mind wouldn't want to carry such a voice? And I would be remiss to suggest he doesn't know how to make use of it as Valdez uses that similarity of singing style in an environment perfectly suitable which is a hybrid of heavy and power metal. This album is also their English debut with the lyrics for their prior releases being written in Spanish.
Somewhere In The Circle is a satisfying heavy metal output with all the essentials and it has just enough dynamism to keep things moving. With the guitars balanced superbly across the able bodied drum work each track hits heavily even as the album edges closer to power metal at various points such as the closer "Dreams", giving Valdez a chance to exercise some variance with the aid of guest performances from Ralf Scheepers and Tim "Ripper" Owens on "Begging For Forgiveness." Mostly chock full of mid-pacers, save the ballad "Flying," it's well written even if it suffers from a lack of notable features. The style here, however, isn't as remarkable as the performance as Helker tread too closely to a familiar beat.
The lack of high flying cuts has more to do with the consistency than any notable deficiencies in the album's overall sound and production. None of the tracks deviate far from the norm and as a result don't live long enough in the memory.
While this kind of heavy metal doesn't distance itself in compositional identity it does offer obviously seasoned musicianship. If you don't mind forsaking originality then Helker continue well under the inspirational guidance of Dio.