Karen Brownbear Translated by Elliot Billings
by Sahara Studio and released on Fredmosa Records in early 2001,
Metal Treasure Attic was the first volume in a series devoted
to the compilation of tracks by the stalwarts of Taiwan's metal
scene as well as some up-and-coming bands, including Firedance,
Cthonic [sic], Assassin, Snowdance and Manum .
2001 saw the release of the second volume on Magnum Records. This
compilation, which tends more toward European-style prog-metal,
starts off with Seraphim's "Occupation". With its pounding
drums and the group's unique "dialogue between an angel and
the devil" sound, this is a track by a band that this author
believes would certainly shake up mainstream music circles if
they only had more media exposure.
Kuang-hui, Blue Moon, Y2K and Dream Spirit are among a new generation
of great metal bands who debut on this album.
The songs have surging melodies and substantive lyrics, especially
Dream Spirit's "Black Hole", which expresses the heart's
struggle with desire. The song's arrangement, with its graceful
keyboards and group vocals, show just how much craft goes into
making metal music.
Other tunes like "Dark Force" and "A-nu Pi-Su"
are more virile thrash and death metal, and there is even a nu-metal
track by a foreign band, Sho N Tel. Another stand-out cut and
the most lyrical ballad on this album is "Yu-chieh"
you like the bands on this album, be sure to leave a few words
of support on the Magnum Records message board at http://www.magnum.com.tw
For further information about Metal Treasure Attic II, visit Magnum
Records at http://www.magnum.com.tw/metal/Music/MetalTreasureAttic2.htm