William Pezy : Van Canto is back to kick some ass, but the first online critics differ from on the one hand disappointment and on the other hand the ones that are really enthusiastic. This bands drummer is Bastian Emig, who we know as the excellent singer of German rockers Inlegend. Besides him the band has four male and one female singer. That’s it. Really? Yes. These guys are vocal artists that bring all guitar-, keyboard- and bass parts vocally. Once in a while with the cool effects many guitar players use but so far about the technical support. However on this album the band is joined by an extra male lead vocalist. The band introduced him by the name Hagen and he is the centre of criticism. The main question is because people are afraid the band will change its sound, or is it fair criticism? To me, the only argument that is valid is the one about his German accent. The very beautiful singer Inga Scharf has to share the spotlight with Hagen. And he is a guy that knows how to kick ass.
The album is with this man in the ranks above all a lot heavier than its predecessor. It's still a very strong Canto's album but after listening to it a few times, I think it is a good and solid step forward. Tasty melodic with a bright female singer and a male singer who occasionally screams with very raw parts but there are also delicious high notes during a song like ' Trust In Peace '. A special attention is for this band is of course when it comes to their cover songs. They have for example, "Hells Bells" by AC/DC and "Ride The Sky" by Helloween done in a beautiful way. In such a way that both bands might be really surprised when listening to the songs. Yes gentlemen, this is also a very original approach. I would say: mission accomplished.