"I Made My Own Hell" (Arise; 2003)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter


Vhaldemar were known to me by reading about their debut CD "Fight To The End," but I never got a chance to hear it. Vhaldemar's latest release, "I Made My Own Hell" is in my hands and I finally get to hear what this power metal band is all about.

Vhaldemar remind me of older Helloween with the virtuosity of Yngwie J. Malmsteen thrown in for an added musical flavor and a true metal feel as well. Good tracks include the opener and title track, the epic "Old King's Visions (Part II)," and the hyper-melodic, mid-paced "Dreamer." I thought the tasty use of Spanish guitar was a unique facet that made "I Made My Own Hell" a bit more enjoyable than most to listen to. The disc-ending instrumental "March of Dooms" is pretty good, too.

The lyrics on "I Made My Own Hell" veer towards the true metal/fantasy side of things which is all fine and good if you're into that sort of thing. I've never been a big fan of it and "I Made My Own Hell" does little to change my opinion either.

"I Made My Own Hell" is thoroughly enjoyable, but it doesn't do much to distinguish itself from the hordes of speedy power metal bands that are bursting forth in a steady stream during recent years. However, if you are a power metal fan you should check out "I Made My Own Hell."

"I Made My Own Hell" was produced by Vhaldemar. "I Made My Own Hell" is a great sounding record kudos to Vhaldemar for achieving their musical vision on their own terms.

Vhaldemar is Carlos Escudero on vocals and rhythm guitar, Pedro J. Monge on lead guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals, Oscar Cuadrado on bass, and Edu Martinez on drums.

For more information visit http://www.vhaldemar.tk

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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