"Symphony of Delusions" (Arise; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Blind Stare's "Symphony of Delusions" is an interesting combination of melodic death metal and power metal. Some of the tracks on this CD bring to mind the music of bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity or Dimmu Borgir, while others stray into more progressive territory.

The musicianship is tight and impressive, with the guitars leading the way with razor sharp buzz and crunch. The vocals run the gamut from demonic growls to almost pop rock clarity. And, of course, any album like this wouldn't survive without a killer rhythm section.

If there's any downside to "Symphony of Delusions" it's that -- as entertaining and as well done as it is -- it doesn't really stand out from the crowd. If you're a fan of the genre, however, that won't really matter. More great music is still just more great music.

Blind Stare: Eino Tuominen - vocals; Anders Ostrom - guitar; Zacharias E. Aarnio - keyboards; Jaakko Lehtinen - guitar; Timo Palokankare - drums; Kallie Lahti - bass.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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