VH FRENZY is a new melodic heavy metal band from Finland, and “Bleak Light” is its first LP, which follows the 2016 debut EP, “The Game”. The band plays nice and catchy metal in the veins of the 90s era STRATOVARIUS as well the contemporary scene of Finland and bands such as BURNING POINT.
The album is full of mid-tempo melodies that the fans of old STRATOVARIUS will love. Crystal-clear and power metal–like vocals by Jukka Nummi, great guitar melodies and many neo-classical-type of keyboards. The majority of the tracks adopts a mid-tempo style where the main and defining characteristic is the dramatic atmosphere they give off, as well as their very easy-to-remember choruses.
“Hold On Tight” is an amazing song and one of the best melodic metal songs of 2022. It encompasses the entire philosophy of the band, and is recommended for all heavy/power metal fans. “XIII” is another great track, with catchy melodies that bring out something from the 90s metal scene. “Freak Show” is also great with is dramatic tune, as well as “Wake Me Up”. The album closes with the most epic song of the album, “Northern Star”, which is very close in feeling to the 00s epic ballads of Axel Rudi Pell. Also, very good track.
The debut LP of VH FRENZY was a very nice surprise since it gave us an old-school vibe with many melodies that resembled bands and albums that are considered nowadays as classic. The fans of Finland’s entire 90s and early 00s heavy/power/melodic progressive metal scene will be enthused with this album.