BRAINSTORM have been around for quite a long time, I consider them to be one of the most prominent bands of the recent (back when I was young at least) German metal scene and I have to say I was never disappointed by them. Throughout their carrier, they have achieved remarkable feats in both songwriting and performing their material and, frankl, I feel that they have never gained the recognition they deserved.
In any case, Ι am always eager to listen something new from them and as usual, this year’s “Midnight ghost” didn’t let me down. Picking up from where “Scary creatures” left, BRAINSTORM newest creation is another fine dose of European teutonic power metal, which translates to rock-steady drum and bass, galloping rhythm, sharp riffs and catchy choruses.And even though the band follows a “brighter” approach in both the music tone and the aesthetics the outcome is neither cheesy, nor immature. For example listen to the first “single” called “The Pyre” a fine tune of power metal excellence or the epic song “Jeanne Boulet (1764)”.
Occasionally there are traces of BRAINSTORM‘s older albums in this one, for example “The Four Blessings” or “Haunting voices”, which seem to have been dragged off “Soul Temptation”.
So are there any weak moments? Well of course there are. Some songs dangerously get near more “commercial” paths, for example the bland “Haunting Voices” or the last song called “The Path”, too mellow for my taste. Nevertheless the album is great.
To sum up, unfortunately BRAINSTORM, again, haven’t surpassed my favorite album (1998’s “Unholy”), but they have managed to create another fine record of pure power metal. Considering that this is their 11th album this is a remarkable feat. I wish them the best and hope for a live show soon enough…