Monday, May 13, 2013

Soulhealer-Chasing The Dream

Pure Legends Records

Finland's Soulhealer have come a long way since forming in 2009. While their last release, "The Kings of Bullet Alley", was a self-release, which I covered, the group now is signed to Pure Legends Records. A word of congratulations is in order for this 5-piece group. With album number two now here (there was also an EP released in 2010 called "Dreamcatcher") the band has added another notch on their belt. Being lead by a talented vocalist like Jori Kärki obviously helps, but the rest of the band are no slouchers either as evident by the 10 tracks on album number two. When done right melodic heavy metal can be fun and adventurous without being too light or fluffy. With guitarists Sami Mikkonen and Teemu Kuosmanen laying down fantastic leads, and a talented new rhythm section (bassist Pasi Laakkonen and drummer Jani Nyman) keeping the pace, this new Soulhealer album is justly-titled. With "Chasing The Dream" it certainly seems as if Soulhealer are living their dream of becoming a top-notch heavy metal outfit!

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