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Laurenne/Louhimo – ‘The Reckoning’

Frontiers Records
Battle Beast, Smackbound, Hearthealer
Release Date
July 9, 2021
Frontiers Records
Melodic Heavy Metal

We have all heard amazing collaborations over the years. We all have our favorites. I can imagine someone saying, “no way can they top this.” And Finland said…”Here. Hold my beer.”

Finnish vocalistsNoora Louhimo (Battle Beast) and Netta Laurenne (Smackbound) have converged to bring us this exceptional offering of bombast and beauty. At times, the music has a retro vibe, although with an updated feel. The edgy and biting guitars, soaring keyboards, and tight thundering rhythms create an epic soundscape. At no point, however, can it be mistaken who the real stars are. The ladies’ voices are masterfully intertwined in each song. Neither of their respective bands’ sound dominates; they are their own irresistible force.

 Opening track, “Time To Kill the Night” sets the tone with its huge hooks, captivating melodies, and commanding vocals. “Bitch Fire,” a not-so-subtle nod to Judas Priest is spirited and roaring, showcasing both women at the height of their powers, a real standout. Per my wife, there is a hint of Unleash the Archers here as well and then regaled me her best Brittney Slayes impersonation.

The ill-fated love ballad, “Hurricane Love” nicely halves the album. Fairly standard in approach, with lush arrangements and poignant lyrics, the vocal delivery is painfully authentic.

 On the surface, this is outstanding Metal, but there are also themes of perseverance, maturity, and empowerment. However deeply one cares to delve, it is immensely satisfying on all levels.

immensely satisfying on all levels

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