Mercenaries of Steel
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Ostensibly committed to plotting the topography of Hades, but audibly committed to epic beauty, indelible choruses, fat-riffed melodies and weird sounds galore, these five Finns stretch six songs to 40 minutes for a truly masterful debut. Robotic space blips and low-budget asides ("Demon Droid"); a dark ballad with super-extended twin-guitar duels ("Lost Beyond the Sun"); inside-the-drum rattling into new wave bouncing into cascading Moogs ("Mercenaries of Steel"); funky rhythms turning fast then sad ("There Must Be Demons") -- all that, and vowel chants worthy of Uriah Heep in an aviary. Wow.