Meltdown – Answers
Metalcore and heavy metal are definitely the order of the day on Meltdown’s newest album “Answers”, which is oddly an interesting combination of two unique styles of metal.
These Norwegian headbanging maniacs play a style of music, which is not completely out of this world unique, but their ability to blend heavy metal and power metal singing with the rough and gruff vocals of metalcore surely gives them an edge over a lot of their competition. And the reason they can have the varied vocal styles is because they've two very talented vocalists. The guitars are heavy, with the thick and crunchy distortion coming at the listener with full force, making you want to bang your head until you knock yourself out.
The title track “Answers” is a typical track from the eight-featured cuts here, with the superb blending of clean and dirty vocals and muscle bruising guitars mixed in with the more melodic playing.
In all honesty, Meltdown is definitely not considered metalcore, as they definitely do not sound trendy like the metalcore bands from the last 12 years or so. If they must classify their style of metal, they should call it aggressive, melodic heavy metal, as they’ve plenty of these varied influences and emotions within their songs.
Plenty of Messiah Marcolin’s vocal influences can be noticed in the clean vocals on the power-laden “The Curse”, which is sure to rock the listener’s world with its hardcore influences integrated with the eighties heavy metal sound and style.
Meltdown is worth a listen if you’re into Judas Priest, Candlemass, Unearth and Heaven Shall Burn. Sarjoo Devani