Metal Review: Brainstorm – Scary Creatures (2016)

Brainstorm - Scary Creatures

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Veteran power metal act Brainstorm from Germany is back with a vengeance with Scary Creatures, a collection of ten powerful anthemic tracks loaded with razor sharp guitar riffs and Andy B. Franck’s dynamic vocals. The follow-up to 2014’s Firesoul ends up being one of the band’s more powerful albums to date.

The album opens with “The World to See” and shows off the band’s vocal prowess both on lead and backing vocals. The guitar work is quite exquisite as well. The solos are more than just there. They have melody and skill. This pattern is followed on most of the tracks on the album.

“We Are…” is the radio friendly band hit and is the most dynamic track on the album with its layers of sound. “Where Angels Dream” is loaded with exploding thrash riffs and some very nice hooks. The second half of the album tails off a bit in quality, but still holds its own with anything coming out today.

The twin guitar attack of Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric is spot on with some of the best guitar interplay that has been recorded from the band to date. The battery of Antonio Ieva and Dieter Bernert keep the rhythm tight although the bass tends to disappear a little too often. Andy B. Franck’s vocals are dynamic and powerful.

At the end of the day, Brainstorm is still kicking ass. Sure, their sound is not entirely original, but they are performing powerful songs the right way and their guitar work keeps progressing making each song more meaningful.

Brainstorm – Scary Creatures Tracklisting

1. The World To See
2. How Much Can You Take
3. We Are…
4. Where Angels Dream
5. Scary Creatures
6. Twisted Ways
7. Caressed By The Blackness
8. Scars In Your Eyes
9. Take Me To The Never
10. Sky Among The Clouds

Brainstorm Line-up

Andy B. Franck – vocals
Torsten Ihlenfeld – guitar
Milan Loncaric – guitar
Antonio Ieva – Bass
Dieter Bernert – Drums

Brainstorm – We Are… Official Lyric Video

Brainstorm The World To See Official Clip