Bakken are a band from Ireland that plays mixture of traditional, power, NWOBHM and thrash metal and this is a review of their self released 2012 album "Death Of A Hero".
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with not much in the way of blast beats, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful tone with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording, as for the synths which are only used briefly they bring a very epic and atmospheric sound to the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine traditional, power, NWOBHM and thrash metal together to create a sound of their own along with a great amount of melody being thrown into the riffing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding power metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars which are only used briefly they use finger picking and full chords to add some more classic metal elements to the recording.
Vocals are mostly clean singing power metal vocals with some more aggressive thrash elements being used at times as well as some spoken word samples, while the lyrics cover darkness and fantasy themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Bakken are a very great sounding hybrid of traditional, power, NWOBHM and thrash metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Darkest Day" "Fortress Of Evil" and "Voyage Of Aodh". RECOMMENDED BUY.
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