Traumer – The Great Metal Storm
Traumer – The Great Metal Storm (2014)
Reviewed by Daniel Millard
As time goes on, it seems that more and more Brazilian bands are only too happy to attempt an escape from the unavoidable comparison to Angra. Some of them have even been reasonably successful. When this trend is dodged, however, there are still a pair of buckets into which almost all efforts fall: modern, mid-tempo heavy metal (Age Of Artemis, Almah, Pastore), or a nod instead to fairly standard European power metal (Scelerata, Allos). Traumer, a relatively young group based in São Paulo, falls into the latter category.
With lyricism along the lines of faux-historical fantasy, feelings of freedom and self-empowerment, and general heavy metal praise, you’ll probably think you’ve heard it all before – and, by and large, you’d be right. The vocal delivery of Guilherme Hirose has a lightly familiar Brazilian accent, but he has very little to distinguish himself from many genre vocalists, and lacks a bit in the departments of power and control. Boy does he like some of his held notes though, and there are few melismatic lines to be found on the album where he does well, despite a certain thinness in his high register. Songs like “Pandora” and title track “Great Metal Storm” boast some decent enough choruses, however.
The vocal layering occasionally reminds me a bit of Japan’s Balflare, and while it’s about the only thing that does, I can’t help but associate this band somewhat with groups like Balflare, Odin, and Knights Of Round from that country. I think the reliance upon having the rhythm guitar and keyboard chording occur overwhelmingly in unison may be another reason for this assessment, but that’s hardly a characteristic unique to those bands I’ve named here.
Only a couple of standouts highlight themselves on The Great Metal Storm, and coming most quickly to mind is the short but uplifting “Gates Of Freedom” and the determined, winged, double bass assault of “Enjoy Your Paradise”. “Straightforward” describes most of the album aptly, and unfortunately it means that a great deal of Traumer’s efforts are bound to come across as somewhat bland and flavorless to those that are jaded with the European power metal scene. Only fans of Brazilian power metal looking to expand their repertoire will probably find this worth their time – but there are numerous superior European counterparts in Traumer’s chosen niche. Hence, The Great Metal Storm, despite its accomplished approach, admirable assembly, and undeniable talent, offers next to nothing outside well-established power metal tropes and formulae. For serious genre enthusiasts only.
3.0 // 5