Doom and gloom is upon us! But not in the doom-metal way, instead in the hard rock form! Hailing from Sweden’s hard rock scene, Sparzanza are back with their 8th studio album in their 20th anniversary as a band. If you are into A7x and Soilwork for instance, you’ll definitely dig this band big time! It’s never too late for a metalhead to discover gems like this.
Just when you think the previous albums cannot be excelled Sparzanza does it better each time. They are not a band who tries different genres or vibes with every new album. I mean there are some bands who are way too Adhd in a way that they are always trying to discover new experimental stuff in their new records. However, Sparzanza is not one of them. Luckily!
These guys are doing what they do best. Rocking hard with a melodic sound and striking lyrics.
Okay, talking about taking a different direction in style, maybe we can count the track “Breathe in the Fire” as a kind of westerner apocalyptic cowboy’s song. Especially the solo makes me think of bluesy tunes of Metallica’s Garage Inc. era. But the first 5 tracks are classic Sparzanza with every ounce of awesomeness they delivered as heavy, melodic and impressive as before. My favorites off the album proved themselves to be the title track, “Announcing the End”, “Damnation”, the 1st single “Vindication”, “Whatever Come May Be” and “To The One (the breakdown is amazing)”. So basically, the first five songs of the album are strikingly tasty as hell. The rest of the songs such as “One Last Breath” and “We Are Forever” honestly did not create any sparks or flutters in my heart and stomach.
The two music videos shot for “Vindication” (the members look like whitewalkers of Game of Thrones, suits well to the lyrical theme of apocalypse:) and “Announcing the End” (surprise sci-fi movie reference) are very visual and quality is well-thought you can tell.
The lyrical theme as can be understood from the album title is about the end-times, and Fredrik Weileby delivers the bitter prophecy through his ever-powerful voice. The rest of the band put their quality performance as usual.
The apocalyptic end-times announcement is finalized with “Truth is a Lie” which takes a complete different turn after the first half of the song which is like a sweet punch that puts you immediately to endless sleep. I hope the band succeeds in conquering America this time with this record as stated in their press kit. If you like hard rock or Swedish melodic metal, don’t miss out on “Announcing The End”!
1. Announcing The End