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
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
Flat earth: Finnish chums with a pedigree