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Soulhealer: Up From The Ashes
Soulhealer - Up From The Ashes Music Review

Soulhealer: Up From The Ashes

Melodic/Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

I've followed Soulhealer's career with some interest from the beginning, reviewing all their albums to date. Yet, to my surprise, we haven't heard from the Finnish band since 2014's Bear The Cross. According to guitarist Teemu Kuosmanen, it's not that they haven't been active. They simply put more time into writing and producing their fourth album, Up From The Ashes.

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For some bands, when you hear that they spent more time developing an album, fans might wonder if they were experimenting, messing with their sound as it were. Have no fear Soulhealer fans. The band returns to deliver their trademark metal. That trademark is nothing new or novel, but simply "keep it true" melodic power metal, filled with gallop and groove, roar and rhythm, stirring guitar solos, and soaring classic heavy metal vocals. These things, in turn, are wrapped up in arrangements which feature strong melody and harmony from both guitars and vocals. As usual, I enjoyed two things from Soulhealer: the consistent infusion of rock groove in the metal and the killer guitar solos. Ergo, it's all good. If anything is new the band has a new second guitarist with J.P. Haikola, and former drummer Timo Immonen has returned to pound the skins. Otherwise, favorite cuts include Prepare For War, Up From The Ashes, Am I In Hell, and the epic metal anthem, Sins Of My Father. Essentially, Soulhealer's Up From The Ashes is their tried and "keep it true" melodic power metal that fans of the band and genre love and enjoy. Recommended.



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The Bottom Line

Essentially, Soulhealer's Up From The Ashes is their tried and "keep it true" melodic power metal that fans of the band and genre love and enjoy. Recommended.

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