"Evolution Purgatory" (Sanctuary / Noise; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Swedish metallers Persuader are one of the three bands that won a contest held by six European metal magazines. After one cursory listen of "Evolution Purgatory" it's easy to see why they were considered to be worth of the title 'winners.'

Persuader are like a cross of Primal Fear and Nevermore along with vocals that come more from the traditional power metal camp. The traditional power metal vocals come in handy with the huge vocal hooks prevalent in nearly ever chorus. The guitars are sharp and the riffs are catchy. The guitar solos are pretty damn neat -- short, sweet, and full of vim and vigor. The keyboards are of the modern variety rather than the neo-classical style that seems to crop up on nearly ever power metal CD these days. The combination works even if it is a little lacking in the originality department.

Persuader could use a bit more song-writing dynamics and changes in tempos, but it seems that the band is fully capable of evolving their unique take on the power metal style in subsequent albums. Persuader are definitely a band to watch out for.

"Evolution Purgatory" was produced by Piet Sielck.

Persuader: Jens Carlsson on guitar and vocals, Emil Norberg on lead guitar, Fredrik Hedstrom on bass, and Efraim Juntunen on drums.

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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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