This debut album from Montage, after a hopeful almost classical guitar introduction to track one, suddenly, but not quite, disappears into a black hole of mediocrity. To my ears, this is an album of unbearably boring rock songs with some odd attempts to uplift the sound into modern day rock by injecting a harder metal guitar edge within the broad framework of the music. The first thing that strikes you and for which I couldn't help but focus on were the extremely daft meaningless lyrics that absolutely made no sense at all, maybe, if the music had been more enthralling throughout, the lyrics might have faded more to the background. The situation of the poor lyrical content was even further exacerbated with Vesa Paavonen's fairly monotone voice and which quite often, sounded flat and tuneless. To be fair Roni Seppanen on guitar and Jukka Parkas on keyboards did together manage to provide some nice elements of musical interest with some complimentary melodic combinations. Individually too there are some nice moments (Track 6) with decent keyboard fills lead guitar runs and even a funky bass run (Track 8) to break the monotony. Strangely enough though it is the very last track on the album, entitled "Carved in Stone", which mostly caught my attention because it sounded as if it could of been performed by another band entirely. This particular track both in terms of composition and arrangement are completely different from the rest of the material on the album being very atmospheric and quite quirky in nature it's a shame that something in a similar vain could not of been included elsewhere amongst the tracks.
Summary: Very ordinary sounding heavy rock with monotone and quite tuneless lead vocals frilled with passages of metal riffing. The music does embody some melodic moments with decent lead guitar and keyboards but generally the music and particularly the vocals are quite forgettable.
The cover artwork is quite decent and illustrates the shadowy face of a staring female seemingly and somehow enticing a rouge feather by kinetic inducement.
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03. Nature's Child
04. Black Magic
06. Invisible World
07. Death Valley
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