There is something quietly perverted about sitting out in the garden drinking an afternoon beer in February. Something that we shouldn’t be able to do, but it is oh so enjoyable. So what better soundtrack to such an activity than a Maiden-esque metal adventure in the guise of Scream Into The Void by Rhodium?
The first track Detour to Insanity is a great introduction to the album, showing the roots and quality of the groove that can be laid down by the band. My only complaint about this track is that it is too short, this is an introduction to the album but could be a great introduction to a track. It may set up the album well, and certainly got me worked up for the next track, it felt like a wasted opportunity.
Scream into the Void comes next and I haven’t quite made up my mind about this track yet. The guitar work is excellent, but it is the vocals that trouble me, specifically in the first verse. The chorus and the rest of the song are good, but the first verse seems a little off. At this point it should be clear that I am nit picking.
For all I may seem as though I am about to criticise the singer here, this is not the case. His voice may be lower than some of the classic bands of the genre, but this change is not a negative in any sense. The voice is just as theatrical and fits well with the music. I am actually more of a fan because of this change as it means that I finally have songs I can sing along with without straining vital parts of my anatomy in the process.
I love the guitar riffs on Unjust Slaughter I have nothing else to add for that song, it is great but the solo is playing as I am typing.
I am not going to go through the album track by track, though it is tempting, simply because there is only so much I can repeat myself. The guitar work is the highlight throughout. The songs themselves are solid and stand up there in regards of the quality of the genre, as well as faithfully portraying the epic themes of the best 80s bands.
Rhodium are obvious festival mainstays for the future (I want them to play Download, but I am selfish). Check out Lucid Dream and The Fall. From the album in particular, but the rest of the album is just as good, great for road trips and confused days that think they are summer.