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Titanium – Atomic Number 22 Review

Released by: Avalon (Japan)

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Power Metal

Links: https://www.facebook.com/Titaniummetal/

 

Line Up:

Konstantin Naumenko – Vocals
Karol Mania – Guitars
Jaroslav Bona – Guitars
Szymon Szyd?owski – Bass
Filip Gruca – Drums

 

Tracklist:

1. Atomic Number 22
2. World of Contradictions
3. Torn Reality
4. Delusive Skies
5. Time Is Out
6. One Single Night
7. Guardians of Might (Feat Piet Sielck)
8. Future of Mankind
9. The Way of the White Flag

 

What’s in a band name? A lot really. For me personally, the band name should exemplify the band, should make them stand out. As a former musician myself, I know how tough it is to come up with a band name. For every great name like Soundgarden and Quiet Riot, there are bad names like We Butter Our Bread With Butter and Manimal, just to toss out a couple more recent bands (and I actually enjoyed Manimal’s album this year, so even a bad band name can be overlooked.) However, I almost skipped Manimal because of their name. It’s not a deal breaker entirely, but sometimes I think bands should put a little more effort in naming themselves. For some people that might be the first thing they learn about you, so if your name incurs eye rolls and slight giggles you may be setting yourselves up for failure. I bring this up because the band I’m about to talk about, Poland’s Titanium, well, the name really doesn’t entirely prepare one for what’s contained on their album Atomic Number 22.

I’m not really sure what I was expecting initially, but once the album kicked off with the title track I was instantly hooked. The music isn’t entirely groundbreaking, but this is some top-notch symphonic Power Metal, really at it’s finest. So many times these bands sound so much like each other it drives me up the wall, but the caliber of musicianship with Titanium is stunning. Akin to such greats as Freedom Call, Iron Savior, and Dragonforce, their songs are fast-paced, powerful, and upbeat. Titanium’s mastermind, guitarist Karol Mania, along with his band mates vocalist Konstantin Naumenko, guitarist Jaroslav Bona, bassist Szymon Szydlowski, and drummer Filip Gruca create such a great sound with fist throwing, headbanging tracks like “Torn Reality,” “Time Is Out,” and “Future of Mankind.” Combining the majesty of power, the bombast of symphonic and wrapping it tightly in a super melodic metallic sound that is instantly memorable makes Titanium stand out from the pack.

Atomic Number 22 has been out since September and was released in Japan which may make it a little tougher (and a little more expensive) to get, but it’s an album well worth it. Titanium could easily become a force to be reckoned with if they can get heard by the right people…like you there, reading this now! I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did.

 

Reviewer: Chris Martin

Rating:  9/10

 

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