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None Dare Call It Conspiracy - Pawns and Kings Award winner

None Dare Call It Conspiracy
Pawns and Kings
by Marcos “Big Daddy” Garcia at 10 August 2018, 3:42 PM

A different insight on Metal genres rises from the inspiration taken as music itself evolves. As modernity and evolution take their tolls, we things improving. One example: thanks to Chuck Schuldiner vision on Metal, Death Metal could evolve (sorry to say, but POSSESSED was worried to be seeing as a Thrash metal band than a Death Metal act on 1986), and became the broader Metal genre of all, with no limits to creativeness. So it’s the right fertile soil for bands as the Finnish sextet NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY arises, and “Pawns and Kings” is a very good first release.

Using the Melodic Death Metal insight of the Death Metal bands from Finland, along with a deeper and melancholic scent in some parts (where clean vocals can be heard), they sound new and different from many others, even not creating something original. Their heavy and aggressive songs, shaped by good and tasty melodies, will seduce you all. And let me tell you: some modern touches can be heard, and fits perfectly on their personality.

The production really is excellent, because you can understand everything they are playing without problems, but this sound quality was shaped in a form that in can sound brutal and grasping, but melodic and clean at the same time. Of course the modern heavy tunes used on the instruments are excellent, because they don’t destroy the melodies of the band.

On their 11 songs, we can take as their finest shots the charming melodies of the brutal “Kingmaker” (excellent work on guitars, along with some clean voices), the nasty and hooking aggressiveness of “Dust”, the slow parts of the dense “Nevermore”, the modern insight that guides “Mirrors”, the bitter elements that are presented on the oppressive “Rise”, the strong emotion that “The Shaming” (what a very good set of musical arrangements), and the abrasive groove show on “Pain”.

Yes, we can say that NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY is a very good revelation for this year, and “Pawns and Kings” is a proof that they have musical talent that will drive them to be a great band in a near future.

Originality: 8
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 10

4 Star Rating

1. Kingmaker
2. Dust
3. Nevermore
4. Mirrors
5. Sheep Counting
6. Rise
7. The Shaming
8. Pawns and Kings
9. Sightlines
10. Pain
11. Sacrifice
William Torrey - Vocals
Jani Elokoski - Guitars
Johannes Oravainen - Guitars
Jere Laitinen - Guitars, backing vocals
Toni Toikkanen - Bass, backing vocals
Ville Holmström - Drums
Record Label: Independent


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