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Viron: Ferrum Gravis
Melodic Heavy/Progressive Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

Viron hails from Germany and 'Feruum Gravis' is their second full-length release. I want to say that I found Viron hard to define within the metal genre. I'm sure that makes the band (or any band) feel good: they want to be known for their own style and presence. Generally this is classic melodic metal with doses of the power and thrash styles. Some may say that they are 20 years behind the times, but I say that they are just taking what they know and love and defining it for a new generation. Additionally, there is minimal production here: there are no keyboards to enhance the atmosphere nor modern studio technics like 'triggered drums or amp-simulations.' Mastering was as simplified as possible. Essentially, Viron produces great metal with retrospective sensibility.

'Liberator' kicks off 'Ferrum Gravis' with great metal finesse mixing power, thrash, and traditional styles to grab you and keep you listening. Additionally, I was particularly impressed with Alexx Stahl's versatile vocals. His peers and influences include the best of the best and it shows: Rob Halford, Michael Kiske, Ronnie James Dio. Viron also includes a twin guitar attack from Thilo Feucht and Roger Dequis, both are sound players with moments of precise execution. Moving on to some more music, I really enjoyed 'The Isle Of Man' which leaps into a fast start having a definite 'Bay Area' sound. Again the guitar work is varied and interesting. Also give heed to 'War' with it's solemn opening that leads into a somber metal ballad with some thoughtful and emotional lyrics. Then there is 'Metal Ball' a very basic metal number leaning toward the traditional side. I think it's my favorite track on the album.

Generally, this is a consistent album of quality metal. However, I did find some songs a shade disappointing like 'On The Run' and 'Beyond The Gates. But this is not to say that they are unworthy efforts by Viron. In fact they, display all the gifts and talents of the band.

Overall, I'm impressed and satisfied by Viron's 'Ferrum Gravis.' The is exemplary metal with great roots in the best metal traditions. They know their art and craft and perform it well. Metal fans should buy and explore this album as I did. You will not be disappointed in the least. Very recommended!
  - Craig Hartranft

In Short

Viron claims to be a New Wave Of German Heavy Metal. This is their second full release and they easily nail the roots of classic 80's metal including thrash and NWOBHM with some traditional German power metal mixed in for good measure. 'Ferrum Gravis' has it all: great, versatile vocals, terrific arrangements, stunning guitar work and more. This is great modern metal with a sense of history. Very recommended!

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