DISTANT PAST – Rise Of The Fallen
Pure Steel Publishing
The idea of good and evil has preoccupied humanity since it started using its logic. It is a matter of philosophical - religious interest, but it mainly influences our daily life. In their new release DISTANT PAST deal with this theme and present their own ideas without guiding us, but leaving us to draw our own conclusions.
According to me the biggest part of concept albums are usually tedious and you cannot listen to individual songs from them. There are few exceptions. With this in mind, DISTANT PAST created compositions that serve the basic story of the album but also stand by themselves. In a few words they have a mentality close to that of IRON MAIDEN when they were creating the “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album.
DISTANT PAST is a group that substantially progresses in each album they release. They are not interested in cheap sensationalism, but they incorporate musical elements that do not alter the character of their sound, but they rather enrich it. And most importantly they sound fresh, although they have influences coming mainly from the 80's. In their new CD all the classic heavy metal elements we loved in this band are present, which are the catchy melodies, the stable and precise rhythm section and generally their reliable performances, but they also introduce several speed/thrash metal elements that make this release sound aggressive and melodic at the same time. Add to all this the very good performances of the singers Thomas Winkler (GLORYHAMMER) and Jvo Julmy and you have an album that you will not be able to resist.
I will conclude here by saying that DISTANT PAST in this album have surpassed themselves and offer us their most meaningful and mature album to date.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis