Jori : An album can hardly get more legendary then Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd. In some way that album was the first thing I thought of when I looked at the new CD by British heavy metal formation Dethonator. Because of the title Race Against The Sun, the train of thought took me to the strong line So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it is sinking. The Dethonator album seems to be about something different though, something with vampires, and the â€œpart oneâ€ tells us that this is a part of a multi-volume concept.
After a good building intro, the opener When Lucifer Fell proves that the band got rid of another bit of their thrash sound and is turning to pure heavy metal more and more. The typical harmonic guitar sound in the chorus make a wink to Iced Earth, while Tris his vocals are leaning ever more to Jens of Persuader. The band still needs to get used to their own new sound a bit, the solo part is continuing for a maybe too long time, due to the lack of really innovative play it starts to get tedious over time. With on average pretty long songs, this is something that more music on the album suffers from, which makes for the album never really getting off the ground. The fact that my promo is only available on a very slow streaming service that has to buffer for five minutes between every song does not help, oh how my life sucks. Anyway, the slower and more staccato Umflag uses some grunts to revive the sound of the older albums. Ghost Of The Rolling Horizon brings some Running Wild into the fold. Iced Earth returns on Pyroclastic, or maybe I should say Demons and Wizards because of the vocals? Unfortunately, also here a solo that is too long for the amount of music found in it.
The first comparison to Pink Floyd is just that bit too much honour for this band, but that is a non-comparison anyways. The best links here can be laid to Iced Earth and Persuader. With When Lucifer Fell, Umflag, Pyroclastic and also the excellent closer Sharps Cairn this album contains a number of fine metal anthems. A rather uninspired sound in the solos and also some weird choices in singing lines are suppressing the score somewhat. Still this is a very decent thrashy heavy metal album all in all.