||Founded in 1998, Exotherm
play a heavy and aggressive brand of power metal. Hailing from Germany,
they are relatively unknown in the States. This debut release was
actually brought out in 2002 as a regular CD-R, but is now distributed
worldwide here in 2005. Anyways.... “Project 47” presents
a mixture of styles like thrash, speed, progressive, and especially,
power metal. Withstanding any genres, however, Exotherm are a bit
different with their approach as it sits in a more Christian-based
elemental. The German quintet sound like Megadeth, St. Vitus, and
Black Label Society collectively. The vocals seem a bit overdubbed,
though. I'm not sure if it's because of too much reverb (or flange-effect)
or what, but the vocalist sounds as if he's singing into a tunnel.
Besides that, I'm quite surprised in the quality for a debut release.
There are plenty of breaks and choruses, lots of catchy riffs and
beats, variations in vocals (other than the tunnel-effect), some solos
and acoustic parts. Another couple of albums, these guys may well
be on their way to an Ozzfest! Keep it up!
Reviewed By: Thomas