Ex-HIM and Amor­phis mem­bers join forces for FLAT EARTH.

None For One DRAKKAR EN­TER­TAIN­MENT ex-hiM and amor­phis mem­bers chart their own, clas­sic rock course

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Flat Earth’s mEm­bErs have spent the last cou­ple of decades hon­ing their Scan­di­na­vian melodic metal chops in bands like

HIM (gui­tarist Mikko ‘Linde’

Lind­ström, drum­mer Mika

‘Gas Lip­stick’ Karp­pinen) and

Amor­phis (bassist Ni­clas

Etelävuori), but any­one ex­pect­ing sim­ply more of the same will be pleas­antly sur­prised (or sorely dis­ap­pointed). None For One be­trays an im­pres­sively con­sis­tent sonic vi­sion, al­beit one that owes a mort­gage-sized debt to Avenged’s fiendish take on clas­sic rock. There’s a healthy smat­ter­ing of psychedelia too, and fans of Ghost – par­tic­u­larly those turned off by the ra­dio pol­ish of Pre­quelle – will find plenty to ap­pre­ci­ate in songs like Blame and Cyanide. The lat­ter track in par­tic­u­lar man­ages to com­bine groove metal with a play­ful, dance­able qual­ity that’s too of­ten lack­ing in mod­ern metal (that’s dance­able riffs and rhythms, as op­posed to the EDM-in­fected abom­i­na­tions be­ing churned out by bands chas­ing Bring Me The Hori­zon’s fan­base). Else­where, doom riffs sit com­fort­ably along­side AOR har­monies, all played by a band who sound like they’re hav­ing a great time. Is it the most orig­i­nal al­bum you’ll hear this year? No. It’s prob­a­bly not even the most orig­i­nal al­bum you’ll hear this month; com­pe­tent-but­deriva­tive vo­cal­ist An­thony Pikkarainen seems to think he’s in Guns N’ Roses. And there are some misses – Lime­light’s in­stan­ta­neous, grip­ping riff gives way to a generic cho­rus – but it is a whole heap of fun, as the band set about glee­fully veer­ing be­tween blast­beats, prog wig-outs and balls-to-the-wall rock’n’roll in a way only mu­si­cians fi­nally re­lieved of the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion that comes from play­ing in high-pro­file bands can. It’s a shame the al­bum will likely get lost in the noise of year-end ret­ro­spec­tives and com­piled ‘Best Of’ lists. Given how of­ten sim­i­lar side-projects and post-peak come­backs fall on their faces, Flat Earth are in­fin­itely bet­ter than they have any right to be.

FOR FANS OF: Avenged Seven­fold, Ghost, HIM

ROB BARBOUR

Flat earth: Fin­nish chums with a pedi­gree

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