'Curse Of The Artizan'
(Pure Steel Records)
The time has come for the debut album of the US young metal hopefuls, Artizan. Artizan play melodic power/progressive metal, with a prominent use of melodic guitar riffs. Every band has, more or less, their own style but it doesn't hurt to mention that Artizan seem to be influenced by Manilla Road and Jag Panzer's epic vibe, spiced by some Crimson Glory to justify the prog tag. Album's weakest link appear to be the vocals of Tom Braden, his style is a little bit one-dimensional and lacking certain power at times. The band, however, more than makes up for that with their musical ideas, with predominantly mid-tempo songs filled with some marvellous melodic nuances that bring forth the well needed depth to these tunes. The title track 'Curse Of The Artizan', with its 10 minute duration is the absolute peak of the album, along with 'Rise', which is also class. Hopefully Artizan will be successful in the melodic/power scene, no matter how crowded it appears to be nowadays.