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Label : Black Logde Records
Review by Tony Cannella
For those who are lamenting the demise of the guitar hero, then I have got a band for you. They are called AREA51 and hail from Japan. They have been in existence since 2003 and the two main forces behind the band are vocalist Kate Cain and guitar god to be Yoichiro Ishina. Their second album – which came out in 2008 – is titled “Daemonicus” and is a whirlwind of a CD with angelic vocals provided by Kate Cain in conjunction with soaring neo classical, melodic metal arrangements and great leads played by Yoichiro Ishina. On “Daemonicus” Kate Cain wrote the majority of the lyrics and even though the song titles are listed in English, the songs are sung in Japanese. The intro track “Introitus” start off the 10-track, 58-minute CD and segues into the powerful “Les Anges”. The next track “Ashes” has an early Yngwie Malmsteen vibe to it but this is also one of the faster paced songs on “Daemonicus”. Following the all out guitar frenzy of the previous track, AREA51 follow that with the beautiful ballad, “Venus (Croix Eternelle)”. Lead vocalist Kate is a very flamboyant front person. In addition to her great vocals she also adds a lot to the visual presentation of AREA51. There is plenty of cool interplay between the guitars and keyboards that recall some classic bands like Rainbow and Uriah Heep. The final song is the 16-minute epic “Lord Knows” in which Kate Cain is joined by one of the most accomplished American singers Rob Rock. This song is unique in that the lyrics were co-written by Kate and Rock, so Kate’s parts are sung in Japanese and Rock’s in English.The thing I liked most about “Daemonicus” is not necessarily the guitar gymnastics supplied by Yoichiro but it was the songs which are obviously the main focus of the band. With “Daemonicus”, AREA51 combine the best of ALL worlds, outstanding musicianship with some great, well crafted and memorable songs.
Rating - 90/100
Label : Black Listed Records
Review By Tony Cannella
The third – and latest – album from the Japanese Metal Maestros AREA51 is titled “Goddess” and it continues using the same approach as their previous work while still progressing. Many of the same qualities are at work here that was featured on their previous release. AREA51 continues to provide great, emotive vocalizing from Kate Cain and the guitar virtuosity of Yoichiro Ishina but besides that the band seems to have grown as musicians and songwriters. The 45-minute CD opens with the movie soundtrack-like intro “Naissance” which lead us into the blood pumping Yngwie-esque track “Nightmare”. The next track is the heavy “Regret et Larme”, which quickly became among my favorites. “Begins of Dissolution” is a huge sounding track that mixes different tempos with huge effectiveness. “Marionnette” opens with a great guitar riff which really highlights the track, which is an up-tempo blazing number. Other highlights include: “Miss You”, “VANITAS” and “Sincerity”. Overall, “Goddess” is more stripped down and raw sounding than their previous work. AREA51 are a band that seems to be firing on all cylinders now and “Goddess” is this talented band from Japan at their very best.
Rating - 92/100